Things You Should Know About Dental Emergency

Things You Should Know About Dental Emergency

Posted by Bay Smile Design on Nov 30 2020, 05:26 AM

Encountering a problem in your teeth during dental office hours can easily be solved by consulting a dentist, but what if the pain arises in the middle of the night? Then you would be needing emergency treatment and hence called a dental emergency, but having said that, not every problem can be considered a dental emergency.

So, let us discuss what and what not a dental emergency is and how to prevent it.

What is a dental emergency?

Typically if you are under severe pain, observe swelling on the gums, and encounter bleeding, then they are classified as a dental emergency. To help you determine if you can wait for a dental visit or need an immediate emergency room, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did you lose a tooth? Treatment at the earliest can help solve the problem and fix the tooth. 
  • An infection in the mouth can be life-threatening and needs emergency treatment, and waiting for the dentist to open his office is not advised.
  • Bleeding is the most potent sign of a dental emergency.

So, if you encounter any of the above-mentioned problems, then they will fall under the category of a dental emergency, and it needs treatment immediately.

What isn't a dental emergency?

Any dental issue can be threatening and will subject the patient to have anxiety and panic attacks. But don't worry, as every dental problem is not an emergency and can be treated without any hurry. Some of the dental problems which should not be classified as a dental emergency are:

  • Chipped tooth, if the tooth is chipped and is not hurting too much. 
  • The toothache is not severe and has not caused swelling.
  • Losing a crown and a filling, sticking sugar-free gum can be used instead for the time being. 

How to avoid a dental emergency?

Being proactive about your oral hygiene is the best solution to avoid a dental emergency. Having regular dental check-ups will also put you in a beneficial position as your dentist will guide you to have good oral hygiene. Always following the dentist's instructions to avoid any potential risk, and most importantly, brushing and flossing teeth at least twice every day. These are some of the methods through which dental emergencies can be avoided. 


We at Bay Smile Design will always be at your service in case of a dental emergency, thanks to our experienced team of emergency dentists. For any queries, feel free to call us at (408) 830-0123.


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