Chances are you’ll know you’re dealing with a dental emergency because of pain or because you’ve been injured and a tooth is broken or dislodged. When should you contact an emergency dentist?

Broken or Fractured Teeth

Broken or fractured teeth are dental emergencies and must be treated as quickly as possible. Waiting puts you at risk of infection or further damage to the tooth’s structure.

Broken teeth that are irritating the soft tissue in your mouth can be covered with dental wax until we’re able to provide long-term treatment of the problem. This keeps you as comfortable as possible until the tooth is fixed or replaced.

Knocked-out Teeth

Losing a tooth is a surprising and painful experience. In some cases, the natural tooth can be re-implanted if you seek emergency dental attention soon enough.

If you lose a tooth, gather all parts of the tooth, hold it by the crown under warm running water, and then try to position it back in the socket. Hold it in place until you can get to our office. This increases the odds we’ll be able to re-implant your natural tooth.

Severe Pain or Pressure

It’s common for teeth to cause occasional mild pain. It could be a sign that a cavity is developing, so it’s important to bring up your concerns at your bi-annual dental visit.

But if pain is severe or intolerable, it’s best not to wait. Dental pain can be a sign of infection. This is especially true if it’s accompanied by an earache or fever. Contact our office right away if you experience significant tooth pain.

Extreme Sensitivity

Like severe pain, extreme sensitivity in a tooth is a sign of a serious concern. It could be a sign of a tooth fracture or infection.


Many cavities are painful and make it impossible to go about your daily tasks without distraction. If the root of the tooth is exposed, pain can be excruciating. A visit to an emergency dentist provides repair of the tooth, reduces the risk of further harm, and alleviates the pain.

 Dental Abscess

Abscesses cause pain, sensitivity, swelling, fever, swollen glands, and draining. At best, they are uncomfortable. At worst, they cause debilitating dental pain. You should seek emergency dental treatment immediately if you suspect you might have developed an abscess.

Lost or Missing Fillings

Fillings are placed in teeth to cover and protect the roots of the tooth. If a filling falls out or becomes loose, it exposes the root. This can be painful and puts your tooth at risk for decay or structural damage. The sooner you fix a loose or missing filling the better.

Broken or Missing Crowns or Restorations

Crowns and other restorations protect your teeth from structural damage or decay. We’ll provide a temporary or permanent replacement if you lose or break a crown.

Orthodontic Pain or Injury

Broken brackets or wires cause orthodontic pain. They can also injure your mouth. We’ll alleviate the pain by adjusting the device, which also ensures your braches won’t cause damage.

Damaged Tooth Enamel from Grinding

Teeth grinding is a common problem. Many people assume it isn’t a major problem, but it can lead to extreme pain and damaged tooth enamel. A mouth guard helps you protect your teeth from further damage.

Sinus Pressure

Your sinuses are closely linked to your dental health. If you are experiencing an infection or a problem with your wisdom teeth, it can trigger severe sinus pain. An emergency dentist can determine the cause of the problem and provide pain relief until the issue can be more completely addressed.