What is considered a dental emergency?

 A dental emergency includes accidents, toothache and bleeding

The easiest way to know the difference between a dental emergency and a dental complaint is whether or not it hurts. Not all dental problems cause pain, but when you chip or crack a tooth and it hurts, then there’s a good chance you need to visit the dentist as soon as possible.

When is tooth loss a dental emergency?

If you lose a tooth, that is an emergency.

Once a tooth has been knocked out, you have about 30 minutes to get yourself to a dentist to have the tooth put back. After this time frame, it isn’t always possible to restore the tooth. To give yourself the best chance of saving a tooth, put it in a glass of milk or in your mouth. Do not pick it up by the roots, and do not wash it in a way that could damage the roots.

Bleeding gums

Not all dental bleeding is a dental emergency. If your teeth bleed when you brush them, this may mean you have gingivitis and should book in to see your dentist. However, if after an accident, you notice bleeding, this is a good indication you need to visit a dentist as soon as possible.

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