DO YOU HAVE DENTAL PAIN, GUM PAIN, NERVE PAIN, TOOTHACHE,  A BROKEN TOOTH, AND NEED AN EMERGENCY DENTIST IN SYDNEY? 

RELAX, take a deep breath, call STAR dentistry as soon as you can on 02 9518 9803, or click below to book now

 Red emergency dentist phone with help written on it 
 Tooth with a first aid kit to help in a dental emergency

At STAR dentistry Pyrmont we have experienced Emergency Dentists to get you out of pain. Our Sydney based dentists specialise in dental emergencies and pain relief and will always be gentle and understanding of your situation.

If you are looking for an emergency dentist in Sydney, we are open 7 days a week with flexible late working hours until 8pm on weekdays, and can accomodate after hours call outs to any type of dental accident or emergency. Simply call us on (02) 9518 9803 to make a same day appointment.

For those travelling to Pyrmont from the Sydney suburbs, parking is available on the roads outside & opposite the surgery, in the STAR casino, and all other roads around Pyrmont. For public transport, the Sydney Light Rail stops next door to us, and the Sydney Harbour ferry/bus stops for Pyrmont and Darling Harbour are only metres away.

Are you unsure if you have a Dental Emergency?

The following conditions are considered a dental emergency:

  1. Any type of dental, gum or jaw pain
  2. Broken teeth, fillings, caps, crowns, veneers, dentures, implants
  3. Bleeding gums
  4. Swellings in the gum or jaw (if the swelling is affecting breathing, swallowing or sight, please contact your nearest emergency room at a hospital immediately)
  5. Wobbly teeth
  6. Nerve pain
  7. Trauma/Injury

If your dental emergency happens late at night and we can't be reach by phone, please use our online booking service to make an appointment for first thing the following day.

Temporary relief can be gained by using your normal pain killers such as Ibuprofen or Panadol.

Our Emergency Dentist will do everything they can to accommodate you at our earliest availability. 

More Dental Emergency Information Below

Dental emergency describes an issues with your teeth or surrounding structures that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Pain is a signal that your have an emergency, although a dental emergency does not always coincide with pain. If you are in pain, try to write down the type, length and severity of the pain, as the dental professional treating you will find the information very useful.

Emergencies can come from trauma, restorations, bacteria, fungal and viral infections and each symptoms requires an individual response. Anything that can impact on function and aesthetics ie) broken front tooth or lost restoration, although not painful, are classed as a dental emergency.

All dental emergencies should be treated under the supervision or guidance of a dental health professional in order to preserve the teeth for as long as possible.

Dental Pain

Odontogenic pain

Tooth pain often originates from the inside of the tooth where the nerves reside, the pulp, but can also come from the surrounding tissues. 

Below explains the symptoms of a tooth with different pulp situations

Reversible pulpitis

  • Caused by an area of exposed dentine or pathway to exposed dentine
  • Pain is caused by hot, cold, sweet, touch or biting
  • The pain is mild sharp, and does not last long 
  • “Sharp” “shooting” pain
  • Easy to localise where the pain comes from
  • No long term throbbing, spontaneous or night time pain

Irreversible pulpitis

  • More severe pain that lingers 
  • Hard to localise where the pain is from
  • Night time, throbbing and pain without stimulus

Pulpal necrosis

  • Pulp of the tooth is exposed to the oral environment
  • Usually no tooth symptoms as the nerves have been destroyed

Peri-radicular pain

Pain from the surrounding tissues of the root. Once the tooth dies, the bacteria profliferation causes inflammation underneath the roots, followed by an abscess. This inflammation can cause severe constant pain.

Non-odontogenic pain

Pain from trauma to the nerves, cancers, or jaw-joints TMJ.

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma describes an injury to the hard or soft tissues of the mouth. This includes teeth, gums, the periodontium, tongue, lips and cheeks and mucosa.

Children have a high incidence of dental trauma, especially toddlers and children between 8– 12 years of age.

Injuries to the hard dental tissues and the pulp

Enamel fracture
Only the outer layer of the tooth is affected, straight forward and the tooth can be restored.

Uncomplicated crown fracture  
Visible loss of enamel and dentine, but the tooth is not painful and responds well to vitality testing. Tooth can be restored. Follow-up 6–8 weeks and 1 year. 

Complicated crown fracture
Severe break with loss of enamel and dentine with exposure of pulp. Less successful prognosis over time, may need RCT in future. Restore and review for loss of vitality and changes. 

Injuries involving periodontal tissues

Concussion
Trauma to the tooth supporting structures with no displacement of tooth. 

Sublaxation
Trauma to the tooth supporting structures leading to loosening of the tooth

Extrusion
Trauma leading to loosening and partial displacement of the tooth out of its socket.

Lateral Luxation
Trauma leading to movement of tooth in a lateral position – labially, lingually, distally or mesially. 

Intrusive Luxation
Trauma leading to displacement of tooth back into the alveolar bone/socket. This can cause fracture of the alveolar bone and is the most severe injury to the tooth and supporting tissues. Death of the tooth is common.

Avulsion
Trauma leading to complete extraction of the tooth is completely displaced out of the socket. In some cases the tooth can be replanted.

Lost or broken filling

A filling is a building block used to rebuild the tooth into a functional and natural shape once decay has been removed from a tooth. If the tooth gets recurrent decay, the filling may fall out as it is undermined. If excessive force, stronger than the material is exerted on the tooth, then the filling may break. Discuss these different situations with your dentist

Broken crown

Excessive force that is stronger than the crown material can lead to a broken crown. Also if the tooth underneath it is weak, the whole crown may still be intact, but the neck of the tooth may have snapped and be still attached inside the crown. Please describe the situation in as much detail as possible for your dentist when you make a booking.

Broken denture

Dropping a denture is the most common cause of breakage. If your denture is plastic, it can be repaired sometime on site, but most liely it will need to be sent off to a lab for full repair. This will mean that you will be without teeth for a day or so, so a backup denture is always handy to have.

Broken or loose implants

Implant crowns can come loose, or the screw that is holding them in can break. Also the bone around the implant can degrade leading to wobbly implants. Visit the dentist who placed the implant for more information and a plan on how to mange this condition before it gets worse.

Acute oral medical and surgical conditions

Orofacial swelling

Fluid accumulating in tissues can occur throughout the body, or localised. Swelling can occur in the gums, palate, lips, buccal space, etc and can be from trauma, bacteria, periodontal problems, infection, abscess, cysts, allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock), salivary gland tumour, inflammation or obstruction of salivary gland.

Cellulitis

Cellulitis involving the tissue spaces on both sides of the floor of mouth is described as Ludwig’s angina. If you feel this is happening, go to your nearest hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

Pericoronitis

Pericoronitis is very common around wisdom teeth, and is defined as inflammation of the soft tissues surrounding a partially erupted tooth. Keep the area as clean as possible with gentle brushing, CHX based mouthwashes and see your dentist.

Trismus

An inability to open the mouth, usually caused by an infection, pericoronitis. Trismus from wisdom tooth infection is common. Make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Post-extraction pain and infection, or dry socket

Dry sockets are unfortunate and can be very painful, but are a common complication after tooth extractions. Please contact your dentist for advice.

Postoperative swelling

Following extractions, especially those that were surgical, swelling is normal and will subside over time. If it is getting worse, and is affecting airway, swallowing or vision, please visit the local emergency room of your hospital.

Home Treatments

Ice and heat, as well as topical anesthetics can ease the pain. Those containing active ingredients such as benzocaine or choline salicylate may be applied directly to the gum.

Regular analgesics such as pandaol and nurofen can help to ease pain.