What is Termed as Dental Emergency?
Any incident that require immediate medical treatment which includes possible accidental injuries such as tooth and jaw fractures, tongue and lip injuries, as well as consequential damage or bleeding after dental/surgical interventions (such as implant treatments, wisdom tooth operations or tooth extractions). Acute toothache or febrile infections such as inflammation of the gums or wisdom teeth ("thick cheek") can also indicate an emergency.
Not every dental situation should be considered an emergency. To help you determine if you can wait until your next dental appointment or if you need to take a trip to an emergency dentist, ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you in severe pain? Severe pain and bleeding are signs of an emergency.
- Have you lost a tooth? Fast treatment can potentially save a tooth.
- Do you have loose teeth? Adults should never lose teeth. A loose tooth, even without pain, is a serious problem.
- Do you have an infection? An abscess or serious infection in your mouth can be potentially life-threatening, and treatment should not wait.
- Are you bleeding from the mouth? This is a potential sign of an emergency.