common dental emergencies

Common Dental Emergencies

Have you ever had a sore tooth that would just not stop hurting? Ever chip your teeth playing baseball? Did your braces ever randomly uncoil? These are all very common dental emergencies.

Here are some of the most common dental emergencies dentists face in the office every single day.

Tooth and Jaw Injuries

Sometimes when you play a sport or even when you’re chewing your food, the tooth and jaw area can undergo some trauma. This can cause the jaw to break, a tooth to chip, fall out, or be repositioned. Do not try to fix the problem by yourself. Attempting to fix it yourself can often do more harm than good. 

Severe Toothache

Sometimes teeth can hurt, but the pain typically goes away after an hour or two. There are some home remedies that can result in immediate relief such as swishing with hot salt water or hydrogen peroxide. However, if the problem still persists for more than a day or two, then you need to get it checked out. A sever toothache can be a sign of a cavity, infection, or a damaged filling. It is important to see the dentist as soon as possible to get the problem resolved.

Impaired Braces 

Braces are made from a complex intertwining of wires and metals that help realign your teeth. Like a lot of machinery, sometimes braces can malfunction and break. One common issue with braces is the wires popping out of place. When something like this happens, it is important to get immediate medical attention. Sometimes the wires can poke your mouth and tongue, causing them to bleed. The openings from the poke can get infected and cause even more problems.


Abscesses is the painful swelling in your gums. Often times the gums will be filled with pus. The instant you see something like this, get it treated immediately! This is a sign of a serious tooth infection that can spread to the rest of the body if it is left untreated.

Lost Crowns or Fillings  

Sometimes crowns and fillings fall out because they loosen over time or a cavity starts forming underneath the filling causing the tooth and dental materials to soften, pushing filling out. If this problem is left untreated, it can often lead to the tooth getting infected. That infection can then spread to other parts of the mouth, and can potentially even spread to the whole body. Get this treated as soon as you can. Make sure to save the filling so that the dentist can see how it became loose in order to avoid any possible mistakes that may have happened when you first received the filling.

Emergencies happen. That is just a fact of life. However, it is important to stay in control and maintain a cool head when they do. If any of the emergencies listed above happen to you, get it checked out as soon as you can. Waiting longer than necessary to take care of the problem can often cause more problems.

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