Think dental emergencies are always painful? 5 painless conditions that require emergency treatment

Far from the image portrayed by the media, not all medical emergencies are uncomfortable.


While it is true that many people envision a painful situation related to any kind of emergency, there are many scenarios in which an emergency medical treatment is not only painless, but you may not even be aware of it.

This is also true in dentistry. Many people who have attended an emergency dental appointment are likely to remember being in some discomfort, and therefore assume that such visits are only required only if there is dental pain.

At Northern Beaches Dental in Mackay, our team is thoroughly experienced in handling both painless and uncomfortable dental emergencies. Regardless of discomfort, our dentist in Mackay will always take extra special care when examining your mouth during an emergency appointment and will aim to have you back to full oral health as promptly as possible.

But what are some of the often painless dental emergencies that our dentist in Mackay wants you to be aware of? Read on to find out!

Facial swelling

It is the image we all have when we are told to picture someone with a toothache; one side of the face is swollen and the person is uncomfortable.

While this is often the case, there are many situations in which you may awaken with a swollen face, but not be in any discomfort. Typically, in teenagers, this is associated with erupting wisdom teeth, but it can also be symptomatic of more complicated and serious medical conditions, such as an allergic reaction or cancer.

So, if you notice your face is swelling but is not painful, book an emergency appointment with our dentist in Mackay as soon as possible!

Lumps and lesions

When you brush and floss your teeth, it is advisable to take a look inside your mouth.

If you notice or feel a lump or a lesion that was not there before, it is time to call our emergency team.

While most oral lumps and lesions are benign and nothing to be concerned about, early identification of more serious conditions like oral cancer leads to a better prognosis.  So, if you notice something unusual in your mouth, on your gums or under your tongue, call our team.

Cracked teeth

Common if you are a fan of chewing ice cubes or playing sports, cracked teeth are not always uncomfortable.

If you notice a crack on any of your teeth, no matter how minor, book an emergency appointment. Our team will fill the crack and prevent any secondary issues from occurring.

Chipped teeth

Similar to a cracked tooth, a chipped tooth may not be uncomfortable but will require an emergency dental trip.

To prevent bacteria from entering the tooth, our team will restore the tooth with a composite, that will seal the chip and restore functionality.

Lost or loose filling

Nothing lasts forever.

As soon as you notice a loose or lost filling, you will need a same-day appointment, to prevent infections, further decay, and the death of your tooth’s pulp.


All dental treatments carry potential risks. This article is not a substitute for a check-up with your dental practitioner.