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It happens. You’re out enjoying the kids, playing a high-energy game of football. A surprise “tackle” from your little one results in you chipping a tooth. Or you wake up in the morning bothered by a dull ache in the back of your mouth that quickly escalates into a full-blown toothache. Anytime you experience injury to your teeth, mouth or jaw, it’s time to see a dentist.

At Boyne Dental & Implant Clinic we keep spaces available every day for such emergencies.  These evidently book up as the day progresses but we will always do what we can to accommodate you or your family.

Telltale Signs That You’re Having a Dental Emergency

Mouth, jaw and neck pain are key indicators. Pain is the universal signal that something is wrong. So, if you’re experiencing pain, call us.  Here is a list of issues that you should consider dental emergencies and some things you can do to minimise pain until you can get into us.

Knocked Out Tooth — Gently rinse off the knocked out tooth without removing any attached tissue. If possible, hold the tooth in place in the socket. Otherwise, put the tooth in a glass of milk and bring to us.

Broken Tooth — Save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth out with warm water. Apply a cold compress to the area to decrease swelling and pain until you can be seen by one of our team.

Toothache — Rinse your mouth with warm water. Then use dental floss to make sure there isn’t any food or other debris causing the pain. If the pain persists, call our team to get the earliest available appointment.

Lost Dental Filling or Dental Crown — For dental fillings, seal the area with a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement. If a dental crown has come loose, try to put it back in place with dental cement. If that doesn’t work, bring it with you to your emergency appointment.

Dental Abscess — If you notice a painful, pimple-like swelling on your gums, rinse with salt water and immediately contact us.  Dental abscesses can lead to more serious infections if not treated promptly.

Object Stuck in Teeth — Carefully try to remove the object with dental floss or an interdental brush (Don’t try using a sharp instrument instead!) If you’re unable to dislodge the object with dental floss, call us.

Bitten Lip or Tongue — Clean the area and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, call us or go to a hospital emergency room.

Broken Jaw — Apply a cold compress to limit swelling, call us or go to a hospital emergency room.

Should you find yourself in any of these situations please call our care team on 046 9033309 or email us on We will always try our best to get you an appointment on the same day.

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