Types of Dental Emergencies

Types of Dental Emergencies

If you have a toothache, should you consider it an emergency? Anyone who has experienced a severe toothache knows how debilitating the pain can be. It is important to find out what constitutes a dental emergency to know what to do and when to seek emergency dental treatment for your issue. A dental emergency is any tooth or gum condition that requires immediate attention.


If you are experiencing any oral problems that require immediate attention, you have a dental emergency. There are tooth problems you should never postpone. Dentists admit that some dental issues cause even the most reluctant individual to visit their office immediately. Emergency dentists provide necessary treatment after evaluating the case. Several types of dental emergencies may occur, with some occurring more often than others.

Avulsed Tooth


A tooth that has been knocked out requires emergency treatment. It is important you visit an emergency dentist immediately with the tooth. This is also the case for a tooth that has suddenly become loose. Correct tooth preservation is important, so avoid touching the roots. If the tooth is merely loose, biting down on it or applying pressure will help hold it in place. If possible, collect all fragments of your broken tooth and take them to the emergency dentist. Storing them in a glass of water or milk will keep them moist.


Persistent Toothache


A painful tooth is a good sign that something is wrong. In some cases, flossing can dislodge something that may be applying pressure and causing you pain. Never use sharp objects to dislodge something stuck between your teeth. A toothache may also be due to an acute infection or tooth decay. An emergency dental visit will help to determine and take care of the problem.

Soft Tissue Injury


An injury to your gums or the oral cavity soft tissue can require emergency care. Lacerations, punctures, or cuts to the tongue, cheeks, gums, and mouth need immediate care.  Apply pressure to the area to stop the bleeding, then visit the dentist for further care.


It is important to realize that postponing dental emergencies causes permanent damage to your teeth. Getting emergency care can be beneficial, even if managing dental issues can be costly in the long run. Dental emergencies often cause pain or bleeding and should be addressed as soon as possible.

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