Dental Emergencies

No one really plans to have a dental emergency, and sometimes we don’t even know we are having one.

Types of Dental Emergencies

What would be considered a dental emergency? Below are several instances you should see your dentist immediately.

  1. Bleeding and Swelling: You may think a little blood on your floss is normal, but it could be a sign of something more serious. Any blood or swelling should not be ignored as they could both be signs of infection or disease.
  2. Broken tooth: An emergency, but seriousness of situation depends on how much of the tooth is broken and how much pain is being experienced.
  3. Abscessed gums: You can identify an abscess as a white, clear, red or yellow pimple-like sore in the mouth.
  4. Sores in mouth: These types of sores can range from simple canker sores to foot, hand, and mouth disease. They are more serious then they often look.
  5. Sensitive teeth: If your teeth react severely to changes in food temperature.
  6. Infections: These are signs something isn’t right in your body. It is important to get checked out.
  7. Pain, including toothaches: Pain can be caused by cracked teeth, cavities or grinding your teeth.
  8. Knocked out permanent/adult tooth: Often happens by getting a sudden blow to the face or mouth. Put it back in the tooth socket if the tooth is clean, if that is not possible put it in a container of cold milk and bring it to your dentist within an hour. The sooner you get it to us, the better chance you have to save it.

How Can I Avoid a Dental Emergency?

Here are three simple, helpful tips to keep dental emergencies few, and far between.

  • If you are participating in sports, or recreational activities that involve risks, wear a mouthguard.
  • Avoid chewing on things like pen lids, or eating hard foods such as popcorn, hard candy, or ice. Such things can crack or chip teeth.
  • Don’t use your tooth as a tool to open bottles, strip wires, clip nails etc.


If you have an emergency, you may contact us and we can schedule an emergency consultation. Get treatment for emergencies as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.