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Need an Emergency Dentist in Tauranga?

We are prioritising our current existing gardens dental patients if they have an emergency as we have a backlog of patients following Covid-19 lockdown.

Whether you've got a dreadful toothache, cracked or broken a tooth or had some type of accident we offer emergency dental care.

Please click to call our practice, so we can arrange an appointment as quickly as possible!

These are some of the problems you may experience. Click on the green writing to jump down to the section you would like to know more about!


If you have toothache, we would recommend using a combination of ibuprofen and paracetamol as per the dosage guidelines. It is important to phone to book an appointment to be seen to resolve this pain, but this will help:

  • Two 200mg tablets of ibuprofen every 8 hours
  • AND two 500mg tablets of paracetamol every 6 hours can really help with dental pain.

Sometimes it takes a few days for a big difference in pain to be achieved.

On a weekend you can phone the emergency dental clinic on 07 571 1230 for an appointment, or call our practice to reach our dentist for phone advice.

SWELLING / infection

If you have a swelling, this has probably been caused by an infection. You need to be seen urgently for treatment and/or antibiotics, please phone by clicking here.


Fractured teeth can usually be restored with a white composite filling.

Try to avoid eating on this side with hot and cold food or drink, as this may make the nerve within the tooth flare up. Painkillers, as specified above, are key to managing the pain before you see your dentist.

If you can see a red dot or the tooth seems to be bleeding due to a large chip, this is a dental emergency; please call our practice phone number.

If you cannot be seen as it is after hours and the tooth is sharp, please use an emery board or sandpaper to smooth the sharp edge.


Teeth can be sensitive for a variety of reasons; please click on this page for more information on how to manage this. Sometimes rubbing some sensitive-reducing toothpaste into a sensitive tooth with your finger can really help. Phone our practice to book an appointment so we can diagnose the cause of your sensitive tooth.


If you have knocked your adult tooth completely out, it needs to be put back in its tooth socket as quickly as possible:

  • Try and not touch the root end of the tooth with your hands (the pointy end)
  • Wash under clean water briefly to remove any dirt
  • Gently push the tooth back into the tooth socket and re-orientate it to match the next door tooth
  • Gently bite on a piece of cloth to hold the tooth in the correct position
  • Call this number to be seen urgently

If you cannot re-insert the tooth into its socket, place the tooth in milk until the dentist can reimplant it for you. Alternatively, place the tooth into your mouth e.g. your cheek or behind your lip; but don't swallow it!

If a baby tooth is knocked out, do not try and re-insert it into the mouth. This may damage the developing adult tooth. Contact this number to see our dentist.

Do not wrap the tooth in a dry tissue or scrub the root of the knocked-out tooth.

This is likely to be covered under ACC partially, so please phone the practice urgently if this happens.


Sometimes wisdom teeth cause pain or swelling of the gum around the erupting tooth. See our wisdom tooth page for more information. It is best to phone for a check to assess whether the wisdom teeth are erupting normally or whether they need to have a planned removal.

DENTURE problems 

If you have broken your denture or lost a tooth, please phone to book an appointment with us to have it assessed and we can book a repair with our laboratory. Please do not superglue your denture as this will not last and can damage the denture.


A tooth that has been recently crowned may have some sensitivity for a few days or weeks; this is normal, and with time this should settle.

Some crowns may develop a swelling in the gum, this can happen anytime in the lifetime of a crown. This may mean the tooth has developed an infection or it has an underlying crack within the tooth. The tooth warrants further investigation by booking an assessment.

Crowns can snap off the tooth holding them. Sometimes the crown can be reglued back into place, but occasionally the tooth has been significantly compromised and requires further treatment such as a root canal, new crown or extraction. Please phone to book an appointment.

I had my first visit at Garden Dental today on recommendation from a friend. Fi made me feel very welcome and is super friendly and caring with a very down-to-earth yet professional manner. I felt quickly at ease which is just what you want when you visit the Dentist. Everyone at Gardens was in fact wonderful and friendly. I'm very happy and will definitely will be coming back :-) thanks again!!
Natalie Thompson  
I can not recomend Fiona and Vicki enough. Have always dreaded going to the dentist until these guys. Cannot stress how easy they made each appointment, they give the good drugs so you dont feel a thing. They are also lovely and friendly and always great at making you laugh. seriously cant recomend them enough : )
Ali Uden  
I have never felt so relaxed or happy about going to the dentist. Fi and Vicky are incredible and make me feel so at ease. I really wouldn’t go anywhere else!!
Sian Casserly  
What an absolutely refreshing change to go to a dentist and come out after an amazing, painless process. Have not regretted changing to Fiona and her team.
Steve Bolt  
One of the best dental experiences to date. Fi was fun and lighthearted which made for a pleasant appointment. Super gentle and checked in with me often to make sure I was ok. Can’t recommend her and her skills enough!!
Kristy Whitchelo  
Fi and Vicki you are honestly such a fantastic dental team. I have been visiting for many years now and can not speak any more highly of you both. You make my visits feel so relaxed that it doesn't feel like you are even at the dentist. Thank you girls for always looking after me, you are the best
Louise Fox  
Just recently had a cleaning & cavity filled by the lovely Fi from Gardens Dental. She is amazing and works wonders not only on your teeth but also to ensure you are comfortable and at ease during your time with her! Would highly recommend her to anyone needing a local dentist!
Jess Lowcher  
First review because I just wanted to say Fi and Vicky are honestly the scared of dentists but they have made it the best experience ever. Very gentle, zero pain for multiple complicated procedures and don’t make you feel bad about not going to the dentist for ages ..they are super cool!
David Weaver  
Fiona is great to deal with and goes the extra mile, even ringing you in the evening to check that all is well. She is highly professional and a breath of fresh air. A thoroughly honest and approachable dentist.
Jez Rogers  
I had extensive work done on my lower teeth and a new top denture made. It was almost a fun experience.
Fi & Vicki are a great team, and their constant banter helped me to relax. They did so much to improve my smile and my self confidence. I highly recommend them both.
Helen Roberts