Types of Dental Emergencies

types of dental emergencies

Thinking all types of dental emergencies require the same type of dental treatment? In fact, there are some dental emergencies that need to be treated by an experienced dentist as soon as possible and others that can wait to be treated.

It really is important for everyone to understand when to make an emergency dental appointment. It may be necessary for them to make a same-day emergency appointment.

Avoiding a dental emergency

Wanting to learn how to avoid dental emergencies? There are a few precautions people can take in order to prevent themselves from experiencing a dental emergency. However, not all dental emergencies can be avoided.

For example, wearing a mouthguard when participating in contact sports can help prevent a dental emergency. Avoiding eating certain hard foods that are known to break teeth can also help prevent a dental emergency. Dental emergencies that are hard to avoid often include being involved in some type of accident.

Types of dental emergencies

The following is a list of some of the more common types of dental emergency someone will experience.

Damage to the gums and/or teeth

Damaged gums are a common type of soft tissue injury, which can happen when someone is involved in some type of accident. Two types of accidents that can often result in gum damage includes being in a car-related accident and slipping and falling down. A damaged tooth often means there is a chip in a tooth, a crack in a tooth, a broken tooth or even a completely knocked-out tooth.


Swelling is a type of dental emergency when the swelling takes over a large part of the inside of the mouth. Swelling is a sign that there is a definite oral problem taking place. It is often due to a dental abscess or a bad case of periodontal disease, which will eventually lead to an infection in the mouth.

Signs that an infection or an abscess is indeed present is an overall bad taste in the mouth or ongoing bad breath.

Lost fillings, crowns

A lost filling or a lost crown is considered to be a dental emergency because these two dental treatments help to protect a tooth. If someone were to have a filling or a crown fall out of their mouth, then the tooth is no longer being protected. This makes quickly replacing a lost filling or a lost crown necessary.

Once an adult tooth is lost, it is lost forever. Since a healthy mouth is one that has a full set of teeth, any missing teeth require replacement.

Are you currently experiencing a dental emergency?

Dental emergencies are quite common. If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency, then know that you are not the only one. If you are not sure whether your dental emergency requires same-day treatment services or can wait to be treated, then we invite you to contact us now for more information.

If your dental emergency requires same-say services, then we will get you scheduled in today. If your dental emergency can wait a few days, then let us know what a convenient time for you to come in is and we will schedule you in at that time.

Request an appointment here: or call Impressions Dental at (480) 814-8888 for an appointment in our Chandler office.