What Is Considered A Dental Emergency?

More often than not, you’ll visit your dentist for routine care. This might include getting your teeth cleaned, a dental exam, having a cavity filled, or any number of treatments that aren’t considered urgent. Once and awhile, though, you’ll come across a dental emergency. These are problems that are best treated right away; waiting would have a serious negative impact on your health or well-being. Not every dental problem is a dental emergency and not every emergency should be treated by a dentist. This brief post should help you understand when to see your dentist immediately, when to wait, and when to go to the hospital.

What Is A Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies are any dental problems of “high importance”. High importance can mean different things to different people. One example of something some people consider a dental emergency is severe pain. When your teeth are aching very badly or you’re experiencing some swelling, you may find it difficult to work, do chores, or go about your day-to-day living. When pain is severe, it’s often worth seeing the dentist on an emergency basis. Some people, however, will find the pain is manageable with over-the-counter painkillers and they might opt to wait to see the dentist. That said, when pain occurs suddenly or there’s drastic swelling, it’s best to play it safe and see a dentist right away.

Another example of a dental emergency is when a tooth is broken, chipped, or knocked out. When teeth are knocked out, it’s often possible to put them back in place. You can put the tooth back in its socket if it’s clean. If you think it will fall out again, put it in cold milk. After that, go to the nearest dentist right away; the sooner the better. With chipped and broken teeth, restoration of one kind or another is often possible as well; call your dentist immediately.

There are a number of emergencies that may occur after dental procedures. After your dentist completes work, be it a root canal, extraction, or any other number of procedures, they’ll give you instructions on how to care for your tooth and signs to look for that would create an emergency situation. Listen carefully to their instructions and if you feel any intense pain, serious swelling, or other symptoms, call them or a doctor right away.

What Isn’t A Dental Emergency

Dull aches, a bit of bleeding after certain procedures, hot and cold sensitivity, and other minor problems are not considered dental emergencies. 

Profuse bleeding from the mouth may be a medical emergency rather than a dental emergency. Should you suddenly experience severe bleeding after biting your mouth or tongue, and it doesn’t stop, go to a hospital or call 911.

Whether you have an emergency or you’re looking for more routine work, our Winnipeg dental office is here to help. Give us a call to book an appointment or if you have an emergency; we’ll always be here for you.