5 Most Common Dental Emergencies And How To Handle Them

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The experience of being confronted with a dental emergency can be nerve-wracking due to its sudden onset. For such emergencies to be treated promptly, they must be treated as soon as possible. Symptoms of dental emergencies include persistent toothaches, swelling in gums, or mouth injuries. Dental emergencies require the immediate attention of a dentist.

Depending on the severity of the emergency, some dental care can wait until the next appointment, but others may require prompt attention. While some dental emergencies can wait until the next appointment, others may require quick attention.

We have outlined five of the most common dental emergencies here and how you can handle them efficiently.

1. Chipped or Broken Tooth

It is possible to chip or break a tooth as a result of many different factors, including accidents, sports injuries, or chewing on hard objects. It may be possible for the dentist to repair a chip or break with a simple filling if it is a minor one. It may be necessary, however, to place a crown to restore the tooth if the chip or break is more severe. Contacting a dentist is important in either case to prevent further damage.

2. Knocked-Out Tooth

The extraction of a tooth can be a traumatic experience for anyone. Finding the tooth and placing it back into the socket, if it is still intact, is important. The tooth might still be salvageable, but it is vital that you contact the dentist immediately.

3. Severe Toothache 

Tooth decay, infection, or trauma can all cause a severe toothache. To determine the cause of the pain and receive the appropriate treatment, it is usually best to contact your dentist immediately. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics, fillings, or root canals depending on the severity of the case.

4. Abscessed Tooth 

Abscessed teeth are painful infections caused by bacteria entering the tooth’s roots. Swelling, fever, and severe pain are common symptoms of this infection. Immediately contacting your dentist and receiving antibiotics can prevent further infection and damage.

5. Lost Filling or Crown

There is nothing more painful, sensitive, and discomforting than a lost filling or crown. If you have a filling or crown that needs replacement, you should contact your dentist immediately. Crowns and fillings can sometimes be replaced at the same time by your dentist soon after the loss, but a replacement later may not be possible.

Dental emergencies can be an overwhelming experience for both the patient and the dentist. However, patients can suffer a lifetime of stress if an emergency is left unattended. The best course of action is, therefore, for a patient to consult with a dentist right after the emergency for the needful consultation and treatment.


Providing effective treatment for dental emergencies is our specialty at NextCare Dental. Identifying the cause and deciding the best course of treatment involves attention to detail in handling dental emergencies. Prompt and accurate responses to dental emergencies are what we are best known for.