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What is considered to be a dental emergency?

man holding his jaw from painHave you ever injured a tooth but felt uncertain about whether the injury was severe enough to warrant a trip to your dentist’s office? If so, you’re not alone.

All dental injuries can feel a little jarring, but not all of them require immediate treatment if you’re at a social event or if it’s late at night.

Dental emergencies require immediate treatment because they are painful, disruptive, and will change your oral health in an instant. You’ll need emergency dental treatment if you’re in significant pain or have a visibly troublesome tooth injury, such as a missing tooth or a swollen area of your mouth. 

Common Dental Emergencies 

Dental emergencies include:

  • Abscesses and infections in teeth
  • Painful, broken restorations such as dentures or tooth crowns
  • Loose or mobile teeth
  • Powerful toothaches
  • Broken or dislocated jaws
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Severe bleeding
  • A large cut on your tongue, lips, or cheek soft tissue
  • Chipped, fractured, or splintered teeth
  • Extreme gum discomfort or swelling

Contact Our Etobicoke Dental Clinic

If you’re only experiencing minor pain or have a minimal injury to a tooth that isn’t affecting your sleep or daily routine, you probably don’t have a dental emergency. You should still visit our emergency dentist in Etobicoke for an evaluation, but you likely can wait until the next business day or the next available appointment during regular hours.