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Types Of Dental Emergencies

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
red emergency signEmergencies can strike when we least expect them, and dental issues are no exception. While maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for preventing problems, there are instances where urgent attention is required. Here, we will explore seven common dental emergencies and the proper steps to take if you face one.


Tooth pain can be a distressing experience, often indicating an underlying dental issue. Pulp infections or objects stuck between teeth can be the possible causes. For sudden or severe tooth pain, seek an emergency dentist immediately. Apply a cold compress while waiting for professional care.

Chipped or Cracked Tooth

Teeth can become chipped or cracked due to various reasons, such as biting hard objects, using teeth for unintended purposes, or having an accident. If you chip or crack a tooth, acting quickly is essential. Rinse the tooth fragments, preserve them in milk or water, and bring them to your emergency dental appointment for assessment and restoration.


A dental abscess occurs when a tooth is severely infected. It is a pocket filled with pus, usually near or within the tooth, and can cause severe pain, bad breath, and pus discharge.

Broken Jaw

A broken or severely injured jaw is a dental emergency that requires immediate attention. Symptoms include severe pain, swelling, difficulty chewing or opening the mouth, and an inability to speak. Treatment may involve pain medication, muscle relaxers, and diet changes for mild to moderate injuries. Severe cases may require surgery with metal plates or jaw rewiring.

Pain and Bleeding After a Tooth Extraction

It is common to experience pain and bleeding after a dental extraction. However, if these symptoms persist even after an hour, you should contact your dentist. While waiting, cover the extraction site with a thick gauze pad and apply pressure by biting on it. Refrain from rinsing, drinking, or eating, as well as sucking, spitting, or smoking.

In times of dental emergencies, swift action is vital. Contact our emergency dentist promptly, follow their instructions, and preserve any tooth fragments or restorations for professional evaluation. Your proactive approach can make a significant difference in preserving your dental health.

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