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Most people don’t realize their dental problems until it progresses significantly due to being left untreated. That’s why you must know when a dental emergency is.

Dental emergencies are classified as any situation that makes you feel like your life is in danger. Common symptoms include bleeding, broken jaw, and lost fillings. Different conditions can affect your teeth’ health at any given moment. While some dental issues are minor, others are more significant and need immediate medical assistance to resolve them.

What Falls Under ‘Dental Emergency’?

There are numerous things classified as a dental emergency. It is likely classified under that if you are experiencing symptoms that negatively affect your daily activities, such as bleeding. If you deem your situation a dental emergency, it’s best to seek medical attention immediately.

A dental emergency is generally any situation involving uncontrollable bleeding, facial bone trauma, and more. Having any of these symptoms constitutes going to a dental specialist or the local emergency room as soon as possible.

Dental problems only fall under two categories: urgent and emergency. The former is only less time-sensitive than the latter, but both need to be treated as soon as you can. To be specific, a dental emergency involves a life-threatening situation.

Here are some of the most common dental emergencies:

  • A fractured jawline
  • Abscess
  • Injuries affecting your gums
  • Lost filling
  • Partially dislodged tooth

These five symptoms require immediate dental care. So, it’s best to go to your dentist promptly or speak with a dental professional regarding assistance. They can also identify the exact assistance you’ll need.

If you’re having excruciating pain aside from your teeth falling out, it’s a sign that you have a dental emergency and it needs immediate dental or medical attention. Severe pain and bleeding are also telltale signs of a dental emergency.

Aside from what has been detailed above, a dental emergency could also be a cracked tooth, bokeh jaw, knocked-out tooth, or temporary dental crowns that have fallen off. Moreover, you might also have a bacterial tooth infection, for which you’ll be provided antibiotics.

Handling a Dental Emergency

The offered assistance or treatment to your dental emergency depends on its nature. Some hospitals might prescribe you antibiotics to treat your condition, such as bacterial tooth infection. Meanwhile, others opt for alternative medicine instead of conventional medicine.

If you have a broken jaw, you’ll need medical assistance at a hospital, where they’ll take care of everything you need. You’ll undergo surgery where your jawbone will be put back in place and held together by small plates and screws. Complete healing will take several weeks.

If you have a tooth abscess, your dental professional will likely use an incision to eliminate the abscess, then wash the area with saline water. Whichever dental emergency you have, it’s important to call your dentist so that they can assist you immediately.


A dental emergency can sometimes be a life-threatening situation, which is why you must seek professional help immediately. Watch out for the symptoms that determine whether or not you need to call your dental professional or go to the emergency. More often than not, your gut will tell you whether you need immediate help.

Emergency dentists at Dental House can help with your dental emergencies, which include (but not limited to): knocked out teeth, partially dislodged teeth, chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, severe toothache, abscessed teeth, object stuck between the teeth, injury to the lips, gums, or jaw and pain or swelling in the face. We accept walk-ins for dental emergencies in Ann Arbor and Waterford, MI. If you need emergency dental surgery in Waterford, call us at (947) 999-9909.

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