A white tooth floats next to a red first aid kit to indicate a dental emergency

What Is a Dental Emergency?

January 11, 2023 11:31 pm

Unfortunately, dental emergencies can happen even when you take good care of your smile! When faced with a dental problem, it can be tricky to determine if the situation is a dental emergency. With this blog post, we hope to help you feel more informed!

What Is considered a dental emergency?

A dental emergency is an oral condition that requires immediate treatment to reduce pain, improve function, stop bleeding, and/or prevent infection. Usually the problem greatly interferes with your daily life and can make concentrating, sleeping, eating, and/or speaking difficult. For example, the following dental issues are considered dental emergencies that require urgent dental care:

  • Knocked-out permanent tooth
  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Extreme tooth pain
  • Dental abscess
  • Broken dentures
  • Profuse oral swelling and bleeding
  • Broken or damaged braces

What is not a dental emergency?

Not every dental problem is an emergency. You can wait several days or even a few weeks to receive treatment for some problems. Issues like mildly bleeding gums, a chipped tooth, or a minor toothache can often wait.

If you aren’t sure if your dental problem is an emergency, please call SmileShack Dental & Braces! We will discuss your situation and recommend your next steps. This may involve temporary home remedies. If we determine you don’t need a same-day appointment, we will get you scheduled for a future date at our comfortable office.

Emergency Dentist in Raytown, MO

If you experience a dental emergency, please contact SmileShack Dental & Braces for emergency dental care! We know facing a dental emergency can feel overwhelming and stressful. Dr. Ballou and our team can answer your questions, resolve your dental issues, and recommend ways to prevent future dental emergencies.


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