Types of Dental Emergencies

Types of Dental Emergencies

Posted by Pooya Soltanzadeh, DDS, MS, DABP on Feb 9 2022, 05:32 AM

Dental emergencies are urgent situations that need to be fixed as soon as possible. While pain is a primary indicator of a dental emergency, there are other indicators as well. For example, if a tooth has been knocked out, it will need immediate attention. However, if the tooth has been knocked out and still has roots, it can be replanted and stabilized.

In the case of dental emergencies, it's vital to see a dentist as soon as possible. Waiting too long to get assistance can cause irreversible damage and jeopardize the health of your mouth.

Types of Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can include:


When a toothache strikes, you'll want relief as soon as possible. A toothache can be caused by a few different factors. Cavities, a cracked tooth, a damaged filling, or a lost filling can all cause pain.

The first thing you'll want to do is come in for an exam. Our dentist can examine your mouth and determine what is causing you pain. He can then recommend the appropriate treatment.

Dental Infections

Infection is a type of dental emergency that requires immediate treatment. An untreated infection can cause extreme pain, swelling, and a higher risk of tooth loss. Antibiotics and pain medications often relieve the infection and its symptoms, but it is best to seek treatment from your dentist as soon as possible.

Broken or Cracked Teeth

A broken or cracked tooth can be both painful and embarrassing. 

A cracked tooth may be painless, but it's usually the warning sign of other dental problems. The underlying cause of a cracked tooth is often weak dental enamel. Over time, repeated exposure to hot and cold foods, as well as acidic foods and drinks can weaken dental enamel.

If you have weakened dental enamel, it's important to practice good oral hygiene to help protect your teeth. This includes using fluoride toothpaste and avoiding sugary, acidic, and sticky foods and drinks.

If you or your child has a cracked tooth, it's important to visit the dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can diagnose the problem and provide treatment.

Chipped Teeth

A chipped tooth is one of the most recognizable dental emergencies. A chipped tooth is painful both from a structural and cosmetic standpoint. A chipped tooth is typically caused by trauma, such as during a sports game or accident. The treatment for this dental emergency typically involves repairing the tooth with a filling or dental crown.

Broken Fillings

A broken filling can be painful. It can also lead to an abscess if not properly treated. If your filling breaks, call our office right away. You may be able to make an appointment to have it fixed or replaced the same day.

Loose Caps or Crowns

If you've lost a crown or cap, call your dentist's office right away. If the crown or cap comes off your tooth, it can be uncomfortable or painful until you visit your dentist's office. 

Please get in touch with our dental practice in Anaheim Hills, CA, to have a consultation with our Dentist in Anaheim Hills. Please call us at (714) 974-0949 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.

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