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What is considered a dental emergency?

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In the event of an emergency, you most likely understand where on the body you or a family member is concerned. However, knowing what to do in a dental emergency and when to visit an emergency dentist is a bit more difficult since most oral health injuries are not life-threatening. Thankfully, this guide offers a detailed look at what is considered a dental emergency so you or a family member can receive safe, effective treatment.

Knocked-Out/Broken Tooth

If you are a family member chips, breaks, or loses a tooth completely, contact your dentist immediately. Your dentist will have the best chances of reimplantation and repair if you can arrive to their office within 30 minutes, so a knocked-out or broken tooth is definitely a dental emergency.


After the injury, place gauze or a clean cloth on the tooth or socket. Bite down using light pressure to stop the bleeding and place the dislodged tooth or broken part into a container to keep it safe while traveling to your dentist.


If you are experiencing a constant throbbing pain in the mouth and jaw area, it is most likely a toothache, which requires immediate attention.


Toothaches are caused by a variety of issues including cavities or broken fillings. While some causes are minor, our emergency dentist will need to complete a full exam to determine the specific cause of your toothache.


Immediate attention is even more important if your toothache is the result of an abscess. This is a serious infection that develops in the tooth’s pulp and spreads to the roots. An abscessed tooth is not only painful, but the infection can spread quickly, requiring antibiotics.

Gum Tissue Issues

Light bleeding of the gums may occur when brushing your teeth. However, if your gums bleed every time your brush, it may be a sign of a more serious condition.


Red, swollen, bleeding gums or abnormal lumps in the gum tissue may be an early sign of oral cancer. Although rare, consulting a dentist is key to early detection and treatment.


Dental emergencies are actually more common than medical emergencies, but most people do not realize the importance of seeking immediate care for their mouth, teeth, and gums. Call us today to set up an appointment with our dentist today to learn if you are in need of emergency care.

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