Before you head to our dental office because you have a toothache, it’s important to know what actually qualifies as a dental emergency. Usually, a dental emergency is any type of dental problem that causes severe pain, discomfort, or bleeding. We also consider signs of infection as an emergency. What isn’t an emergency is a minor toothache, or a lost crown or filling. Emergencies require immediate attention and those problems can wait a few days if necessary. To help you decide if your dental problem is in fact an emergency, we’ve compiled a list of possible dental emergencies and how to handle them.

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One of the most serious types of dental emergencies is when a tooth gets hit by so much pressure that it becomes dislodged or knocked out. If the tooth becomes dislodged, your first action should be putting gauze or a towel over the tooth to stop the bleeding. Contact our dental office as soon as possible so we can fix your tooth.