What is considered a dental emergency?

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Dental emergencies refer to situations that require immediate medical attention. It may be due to excessive pain and discomfort, bleeding, severe trauma, or a life-threatening condition.

Through urgent dental care, we manage any dental-related pain or discomfort you're feeling and keep the problem from worsening.

Here at Image Dental in Red Deer, we accommodate dental emergencies and do our best to get you in on the same day. It can be difficult to identify an emergency as tolerance for pain varies per individual. In some cases, there may be no intense pain.

We encourage you to contact us at (403) 342-5800 if you feel you or a loved one needs urgent attention.

Here’s a quick list of what’s considered a dental emergency.

  1. Knocked out tooth. You may suddenly lose a tooth due to an accident or severe trauma. If we take action immediately, we may still be able to save the knocked-out tooth. Hold it on its crown and try to put it back into its socket. If not, keep it moist by submerging it in milk and go to your dentist as soon as possible.
  2. Severe toothache. A toothache can keep you up at night. If you’re experiencing severe soreness in your mouth, let your dentist know. Come in for an examination so your dentist can identify the cause of the problem and recommend a treatment plan. Enduring the pain may cause infections. Severe cases may result in tooth loss.
  3. Chipped, cracked, or fractured tooth. Chips, cracks, or fractures can occur when you bite down on something hard or when your mouth is exposed to extreme pressure. People who grind or clench their teeth are more vulnerable to these dental issues. Tooth fragments can still be put back together when you get to the dental office quickly. Preserve them in a glass of milk to keep them moist.
  4. Abscess. Infected gums can swell and cause fever, pain, heightened sensitivity, bad breath, and unpleasant taste in the mouth. If you’re seeing pus in your gums, let your dentist know. Don’t drain or touch it yourself as it may only cause the infection to worsen or spread further.
  5. Broken dental appliance. If you lose or break your oral appliance, such as dentures or braces, see your dentist as soon as possible. Wires poking through the gums or cheeks can cause injury, discomfort, and infection.
  6. Soft tissue injury. Accidents or a strong blow to the mouth can lead to injured gums, cheeks, or lips. This can lead to bleeding and you might need to head to the emergency room if the case is severe. Rinse your mouth with warm water and get the soonest dental appointment that you can.

Not all dental problems warrant immediate attention. But there are also urgent issues that don’t come with intense pain.

If it’s life-threatening, it’s a dental emergency. If it’s not, still get in touch with your dental team in Red Deer, AB. Find out what you can do while you’re yet to see your dentist.

If you feel you need urgent dental care in Red Deer, AB, please contact us at (403) 342-5800

We’re open 7 days a week and we also offer evening appointments. We do our best to schedule you on the same day.