What is a Dental Emergency?

What is a Dental Emergency?

Posted by SMILE MAKERS DENTAL on Dec 17 2020, 06:27 PM

Medical emergencies are the circumstances demanding immediate medical supervision since this can risk “life or limb” and have become very common here and now. 

A dental emergency is also a type of such medical emergencies, where delaying immediate medical attention can lead to tooth loss or severe health issues. 

In today’s way of life, especially in the COVID-19 pandemic situation, we must better understand what a dental emergency is and what is not, owing to the possibility of treatment getting delayed.

What is a dental emergency?

Dental Emergencies are probable life intimidating oral or dental accidents that call for quick medical attention. It can be uncontrollable gum bleeding, attenuate severe pain or infection, and safeguard a loose or lost tooth.

To identify urgency, ask yourself:

  • Are you experiencing unbearable severe pain?
  • Are there any probable signs of infection or abscess?
  • Is there ongoing bleeding in the mouth?
  • Are you missing a tooth?
  • Do you have a loose tooth?
  • Is there any kind of swelling on your jaw or mouth?
  • Does your mouth taste like metal?

If the answer to any of these questions or symptoms is yes, it is a dental emergency, and you need to eat help. So, contact your dentist immediately.

What is a non-emergency dental situation?

Any problem that can wait a day or can be delayed for a couple of days does not call for a dental emergency. These can likely be treated at home, or a call to own usual dental practice will be enough.

Few non-emergency dental instances are:

  • Inconstant minor toothaches that do not restrict the functioning of the mouth.
  • Experiencing sensitivity in teeth.
  • A broken or chipped tooth without sharp edges or pain.
  • A loose or missing crown.
  • Bleeding gums at times when contacted with sharp or hard objects.
  • Mouth ulcers that are less than 10 days old.
  • Any kind of discomfort from dentures.
  • Regular dental check-ups.
  • Aesthetic dental procedures.

In all these above-mentioned problems, medical supervision could be held back for a few days if they are non-emergent conditions.

What are the common dental emergency cases?

  • The most common caucuses:
  • Knocked-Out tooth
  • Cracked or Chipped Tooth
  • Tooth Fractures
  • Abscessed Tooth
  • Bleeding or Aching Gums
  • Oral Infection
  • Swollen jaw, cheek or, face (due to dental issue)
  • Loose Tooth
  • Mouth Ulcers (that had lasted more than 2 weeks)
  • Mouth tastes like metal (probably due to leakage of any filling)

Smile Makers dental care offers dental emergency services by our experienced emergency dentists at any time, without prior booking.


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