Does debilitating tooth pain have you stressed out? Has an accident possibly affected your mouth and teeth? Emergency dental care might be a consideration if this is the case. Early intervention by an emergency dentist prevents some complications, can help alleviate pain, and most dentists, today, provide this type of service.

Other than pain, are there any symptoms and early indicators to watch for…what is a real dental emergency?


There are some dental issues, without question, that do require attention immediately! So needed treatment should be obtained easily, since many dentist do allot emergency issues time in their daily schedules. Not every toothache, however, is an emergency issue.

Generally considered dental emergencies are comprised of things such as loss of a crown or filling, abscesses, grave infections, and severe injuries to the face, teeth or gums. Also included in this group are:

  • Lost crowns or lost teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Facial discomfort
  • Fractured teeth
  • Accident caused tooth pain
  • Lip, tongue or cheek wounds
  • Bleeding or lingering pain arising from any dental procedure

Cracked, knocked out, or broken teeth, for instance, may result from biting down on a too-firm piece of food. Other familiar culprits responsible for tooth loss or damage are falls, automobile accidents, and sports injuries. Contact a dentist immediately, if any of these things have occurred to you.

There are some things to do, that will help you avoid complications, and lessen any damage, in the meantime. For instance, if the tooth becomes loose or breaks, try to leave it in your mouth until you can be examined by a dentist.

Always try to pick up a tooth by its’ crown, without handling the root, in the event it is knocked out. Then try to reposition it in the socket, after you rinse it very thoroughly. Place it carefully in a clean container, if that is not possible. This may enable the dentist to preserve its’ function, and reinsert it.

Always try to replace any loose teeth into their original position, if they happen to come loose during an automobile accident, or other bad injury. Try to hold them in place with firm pressure, and get to an emergency dentist as soon as possible.


Good mouth hygiene will usually prevent most dental emergencies. In fact, the mouth can be kept healthy by doing simple things, such as flossing daily, and brushing the teeth after every meal. Things like popcorn kernels, hard candy, and other such things that might crack teeth, should always be avoided, also be sure to wear a mouth guard to shield the teeth, if you participate in contact sports.

Reduce or eliminate the amount of sugar intake between meals, use an antibacterial mouthwash everyday, and to help clean the teeth further between meals, chew some gum that is sugar-free. Every three months or so, buy a new toothbrush, and by all means, never cut or break objects or try to open bottles with your teeth!
Do not take prescription drugs for a toothache, with first consulting a dentist. There are some types of medications that can further complicate or worsen symptoms.

Issues that have the potential to affect the health of your teeth, can usually be spotted in a regular dental checkup, so at least twice a year, get an appointment with your dentist.

Prevention is always b better than treatment, so remember to contact your dentist before a dental emergency develops!

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