What is Considered a Dental Emergency?

October 6th, 2017 by


When you are suffering from an extremely painful dental problem, you would want to see your dentist immediately so that you can finally have the pain relief you badly need. A situation is considered to be a dental emergency if it involves severe pain & discomfort as a result of a dental problem, especially if bleeding is present. Injuries to the face and mouth area resulting to tooth loss or trauma are also considered to be dental emergencies that need to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible.

One of the most common dental emergencies is a knocked-out tooth. This may be due to accidents that involve direct trauma to the face or mouth area, resulting in one or more teeth being knocked out from the sockets. It is considered to be a dental emergency even if bleeding is not present because the tooth can still be re-attached to the socket if seen by the dentist within one hour of being knocked out. The tooth should also be kept clean and not touched so that it can still be considered for re-attachment, depending on the situation.

Trauma to the mouth area that results to bleeding should be seen by a dentist immediately to prevent further blood loss. Severe tooth pain, such as that from an impacted wisdom tooth or a tooth abscess, should also be given urgent dental attention so that the patient will not have to suffer discomfort for a longer time.

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