What Are the Different Types of Dental Emergencies?

What Are the Different Types of Dental Emergencies?

Posted by 406 DENTISTRY on Jan 19 2023, 12:26 AM

What Are the Different Types of Dental Emergencies?

A dental emergency refers to any type of injury, trauma, or condition that requires prompt treatment by a dentist. Dental emergencies can be very painful, and they must be treated quickly in order to avoid further damage.

Here are the common dental emergencies:

Pain at the Tooth

If you experience sudden, unexpected tooth pain, you need to call an emergency dentist immediately. You could be experiencing a toothache caused by tooth decay or a cavity. Another possible cause for sharp, throbbing tooth pain is an infection of the pulp tissue at the center of the tooth. 

Damaged or Broken Teeth

A broken tooth can be painful, but it often isn’t an emergency unless the pulp is exposed or damaged. When nerves are exposed due to damage to a tooth’s enamel, you need to see us as soon as possible. If the nerve is injured and infected, it can result in an abscessed tooth. In this case, we will drain the abscess and place medication inside the tooth to fight the infection. We will also take measures to alleviate your pain until we can treat the issue.


If you’ve noticed a painful-looking pimple-like bump in your mouth, you may be suffering from an abscess. These painful infections form when bacteria enter your tooth’s root and infect the pulp chamber, infecting it from the inside out. Sometimes the infection can be contained to the gums via a small pocket of pus, or it can break through into the jawbone. If the abscess breaks through the gum line and spreads to the cheek, jaw, face, and neck areas, it can cause severe pain, swelling, fever, and nausea. Without treatment, the infection can get into the bloodstream and cause dangerous conditions such as sepsis.

Knocked-out Tooth 

If you lose a tooth, be sure to keep it moist at all times. Don’t leave it alone to dry out. Always place it back into your mouth if possible or in a glass of milk or water. If it can’t go back into place, put it between your gums and lips or on the inside of your cheek to keep it protected. Regardless of which option you use, make sure you get to a dentist right away! Leaving the tooth out can cause it to become infected, which can lead to further complications.

If you want to learn more about ways to take care of oral health, visit 406 Dentistry at 1315 U.S. Hwy 2 W, Kalispell, MT 59901, United States, or call (406) 890-6364 to schedule an appointment.

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