Accidents happen, and when they do, you must have access to a reliable dentist to save your smile. Some problems can wait a few days, but others require immediate action. Below are some common questions we get asked about dental emergencies.

What Is a Dental Emergency?

It’s not uncommon to experience sudden oral pain throughout the year, but not every issue is considered a dental emergency. Dental emergencies usually involve intense throbbing pain, lost teeth, loose teeth, infections, and oral bleeding. The majority of dental emergencies occur after an accident but can also result from a previous condition.

In short, any dental treatment that stops bleeding, relieves severe pain, or recovers a lost tooth is considered a dental emergency. You should also visit an emergency dentist if you have an infection that could potentially be life-threatening. Most tooth infections are considered dental emergencies because they can spread to your jaw and cause severe health problems.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above issues, contact My Family Dental right away to schedule an emergency appointment.

What Isn’t Considered a Dental Emergency?

If your issue doesn’t require immediate medical attention and you can wait a few days to see your dentist, it’s not a dental emergency. If you chip your tooth, but it’s not causing you severe pain, you should wait to see your dentist until they can schedule you during regular business hours. Toothaches also don’t typically require emergency treatment, unless it’s causing extreme pain or discomfort.

Another example of a non-dental emergency is if you break your crown or filling. Although this might feel slightly painful, you can typically wait to see a dentist to have it fixed it, if you avoid sugary drinks or anything extremely hot or cold.

The best way to see whether you have a dental emergency is to call your local dentist. They can advise you on whether your issue needs immediate care or can wait a few days.

What Are Common Dental Emergencies?

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following dental emergencies, contact our office to speak with one of our dentists:

Chipped Teeth

If a sudden accident chips your tooth, you must clean your mouth with warm water. You should also apply ice to the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling. If you’re in pain, try an over-the-counter pain medication to help with the discomfort. You can also visit the emergency room if the pain is unbearable.

Lost Tooth

Losing a tooth can be terrifying and painful. If one of your teeth has been knocked out, find the missing tooth and thoroughly rinse it (don’t scrub). After rinsing, place the tooth in a small container with milk and try to get to your dentist as soon as possible.

Tooth Infection

Dealing with tooth infections can be challenging, especially if they go unnoticed. Infections of your teeth can not only cause pain in your mouth but can also bring on other symptoms like fever, headaches, and inflammation. Tooth infections are considered emergencies because they can spread to other areas of your face and cause life-threatening issues.

How Can I Avoid Dental Emergencies?

One of the best ways to make sure you’re free of dental emergencies is to practice good oral hygiene. Of course, accidents happen that we can’t control, but keeping your teeth clean and healthy will prevent compounding issues. Make sure you schedule visits to your dentist regularly so they can check on the condition of your fillings, crowns, gums, etc.

Does the ER Handle Dental Emergencies?

Thousands of people go to the emergency room due to a tooth issue. The truth is a medical hospital can’t help you out with a dental emergency. You’re better off going to an emergency dentist who has experience working with specific conditions. If there isn’t an emergency dentist available, go to the hospital if you believe your health is at risk.

Emergency dentists are experts when it comes to immediate care. If you don’t think your problem can wait, contact our team at My Family Dental today to see whether you have a dental emergency. We have locations in Bowen, Emerald, Ingham, Townsville, and Innisfail. Our office also offers affordable payment options so you can get treatment right away.