Have you ever been unsure about whether or not you need to see a dental professional urgently?


It can be tricky to identify a dental emergency yourself but, should you ever find yourself in need of some emergency dental care, our dedicated emergency team at Deakin Dental will always aim to see you within 24 hours. Great news!

At Deakin Dental, we are proud to be able to offer our patients same-day appointments with our dentist in Canberra. Our reception team will aim to triage you to assess if you need to be seen within 24 hours and, thanks to our team leaving gaps each day in our appointments, we will aim to squeeze you in at a time that is convenient for you. Perfect!

But what are some of the tell-tale signs that you need to see our emergency dentist in Canberra?


OK, if you have oral discomfort, you are probably going to book an appointment to see our dentist in Canberra.

If the discomfort is preventing you from eating, sleeping and focusing on your daily life, then it is important to see our team as soon as possible, as this can be a sign of a dental abscess.

Left untreated, abscesses are life-threatening, so please call us for help if you suspect that you have one.


Oral swelling does not always have to be uncomfortable to warrant a same day visit.

As it can signify anything from a dental abscess to an impacted tooth, we will always aim to assess the cause and resolve the swelling before it impacts on your ability to eat.

Keep an eye out for swelling to the cheeks, gums and under the jaw, especially if it happens suddenly.

Cracked or chipped teeth

More common among children and adults who play rugby, cracks and chips to the teeth can seem fairly harmless.

But, in actuality, the sharp edge and the exposure of the dentine can allow bacteria to get to sensitive parts of the tooth, where it can cause issues with the pulp of the tooth. Secondary complications following chips may also include sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and even further cracking and chipping.

Lost restoratives

It can happen to anyone; you can be happily eating a sandwich when a filling or crown falls out.

And while a large motivator to have a restorative repair may revolve around discomfort, even if you are feeling OK, you will still need an emergency appointment.

Much like the cracks and chips, lost restoratives can allow plaque to get underneath your teeth and to the pulp, causing abscesses and further issues.

So, if you lose a filling, book a same-day visit to our team.


OK, so while oral bleeding is rare on its own, if you have had a tooth removed or had an oral injury, excessive bleeding will warrant an emergency dental visit.

This will involve our team looking for the source of the bleed and stopping it using either stitches or glue.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.