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What Is Emergency Dental Care?

The need for emergency dental services seems to happen at the worst time for children and adults! When an emergency arises, it’s important that you know which dentists in your area offer emergency dental care. 

Emergency dental services are dental needs that need to be addressed the day they happen or the next day. Learn more about what creates a need for emergency dental care and how to find an emergency dentist in your area who can help you.


What Can Dentists Do for Emergencies?

A dentist can evaluate and provide immediate dental help for many tooth-related issues that result from an infection, accident, or other reason. Many Smile Generation-trusted dentists offer extended hours six or seven days a week. 

What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Anything that could cause the risk of serious medical or dental complications is a need for emergency dental care. These are situations where an issue must be addressed so that permanent dental issues don’t develop. Often, emergency dental situations arise because of an accident, but that’s not always the case. You may have a dental emergency if:

  • You have been in an accident: if you have been in an accident and sustained an injury to your mouth or jaw area this will be considered a dental emergency. Chipped or broken teeth or broken jaws are usually the result of accidents from facial trauma and should be assessed immediately.

  • You are in severe pain: Severe pain is a sign of an infection. You may need antibiotics as well as pain relief so that the cause of the pain can be addressed. If infections aren’t treated promptly, they can get worse and even cause damage to surrounding teeth.
  • You have pus coming out from your gums: Pus or a visible abscessed tooth, are also signs of an infection. This type of infection is called a periapical abscess. These infections won’t go away without treatment and antibiotics, so it's important to see your dentist if you think you have one. If left untreated, an infection can spread to your jaw or other areas.

  • You lost a tooth: If the tooth was a permanent tooth, you need to go to the dentist immediately in case the tooth can be saved. Depending on the placement of your teeth, a missing tooth could eventually cause your other teeth to shift.

  • You have excessive bleeding in the mouth: There are many causes for excessive bleeding. The most common causes are severe gum disease and accidents.


When Should You See an Emergency Dentist?

While the most common symptom of needing emergency dental services is severe toothache or tooth pain, there are other symptoms that mean you should see a dentist right away. The most common symptoms include: