Any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, severe pain, or to save a tooth is considered an emergency. This consideration also applies to severe life-threatening infections.
What constitutes an emergency is actually pretty simple – it’s about pain or trauma. Some common dental emergencies include:
• Severe dental pain (most people think of this as a “toothache”)
• Pain from a wisdom tooth • Post-operative pain from a dental surgery or procedure
• An abscess or localized pain and swelling
• A broken tooth resulting in pain or cutting your tongue or cheek
• A tooth being knocked out
• Dental treatment if a temporary crown or bridge is lost, broken, or causing gum irritation
Other emergency dental care includes extensive decay or defective fillings that cause pain, removal of stitches, denture adjustments for radiation/oncology patients, denture adjustments or repairs to address difficulty chewing, replacing a temporary filling on a tooth with a root canal if you are experiencing pain, and snipping or adjusting an orthodontic wire or appliance that is cutting your lips or cheeks.