Types of Dental Emergencies

Types of Dental Emergencies

Posted by Robin Mells on May 13 2022, 09:43 AM

When patients experience a dental emergency, the treatment options are varied. Some patients prefer to treat dental pain with over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, while others would like to find relief from pain with the help of a local dentist.

When patients experience dental emergencies, it’s important to stop any habits or choices that may be causing or worsening that make it prone to happen. This could include quitting smoking, avoiding a bad diet, not using mouth guards, or practicing good oral hygiene.

Different Types of Dental Emergencies


Toothaches are the most common type of dental emergency. A common cause of this is tooth decay. 

Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Teeth

Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth are three common reasons patients seek emergency dental care. You may experience pain, a toothache, and bleeding if a tooth is broken. You should rinse your mouth with warm water and use a medicated oral rinse. You can also apply a cold compress to your face for pain relief.

Knocked-out Teeth

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of the mouth, it’s important to contact a dentist right away. The tooth should be rinsed off and gently placed back into the socket or the mouth. If that is not possible, the tooth should be kept placed in a small milk container.

If a baby tooth is knocked out, it can be placed back into the socket, and the child should be brought to the emergency room or the dentist’s office as soon as possible.

Lost Dental Work

People may lose a dental restoration. This could be losing a filling, crown, or bridge. It’s critical to visit your dentist immediately if you experience a lost dental restoration. Leaving the lost dental work in your mouth could lead to serious oral health issues. For example, if you leave a dental filling or crown out, the tissue inside your mouth will become exposed to foods, bacteria, and saliva. This puts you at risk for decay and infections.

If you leave a bridge out of your mouth for an extended period of time, your surrounding teeth may begin to shift. This causes your bite to change and may result in further oral health issues, such as gum disease and tooth loss.

Objects Stuck Between Teeth

While teeth are strong, they’re not indestructible and can break. If an object gets lodged between your pearly whites, visit your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, avoid placing pressure on the affected tooth.

If an object is trapped between your teeth, gently try to remove it with dental floss. If the object can’t be dislodged, be sure to call your dentist.

For the best dental care in San Jose, CA, call (408) 243-4216, schedule an appointment, or visit us at 251 O'Connor Drive Suite #3, San Jose, CA 95128.

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