Jul 22, 2020
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Adult Dentistry

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

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f you are experiencing a dental emergency, you need to seek medical attention right away. However, people’s perceptions of what constitutes an “emergency” often differ. Some patients may try to “push through” the severe dental pain they are experiencing while others simply aren’t aware of the signs of a dental emergency. In our latest article, expert dentist Rosslyn Farms Dental Aesthetics reviews the top 7 signs you might need to seek emergency dental care. If you leave these dental issues untreated, they can cause great harm to your teeth. 

7 Signs You Are Dealing with a Serious Dental Condition

Leaving these signs untreated can turn your condition into a dental emergency

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Some people hesitate to seek emergency dental care because they are not sure if their condition is actually serious enough to warrant a visit to the dentist. Others may try to avoid the dentist altogether because of how unpleasant they expect the experience to be. However, by avoiding your current dental problems, you are putting yourself at risk of suffering from even more serious ones down the road. 

1. You have a loose tooth — and you’re an adult

Unless you are an adolescent with a few baby teeth left, you should not be experiencing loose or wiggling teeth. But if you noticed that some of your teeth are starting to feel a little wiggly, you might be dealing with a tooth injury. Anything from a sports injury to a car accident can cause your teeth to become loose. Loose teeth could also be indicative of nerve damage or a serious mouth infection. Therefore, you need to seek treatment immediately to determine what is behind your loose teeth. 

2. You have a metal taste in your mouth

If you have a metal filling and you start to experience a metal taste in your mouth, this could be a sign that your filling has cracked or loosened. Other signs of a broken filling include a sharp, sudden pain to the tooth when putting pressure on it and feeling a crack or hole in the tooth when you move your tongue over it. An open filling leaves your tooth vulnerable to developing infections and cavities, which is why you should seek dental help as quickly as possible if you ever realize you are dealing with one.

3. You are dealing with a severe toothache

Minor toothaches can typically be treated with a home remedy. However, if you are dealing with an intense pain that won’t go away, it is time to get it checked out by a dentist. A dental infection or tooth decay could be behind your toothache. If you recently had a tooth removed, that could also be another factor behind your tooth pain. There are numerous reasons behind why you are experiencing tooth pain, which is why it is important that you obtain a professional diagnosis for it. 

4. Your gums bleed and swell

Bleeding gums can be caused by a number of problems. If you brush too vigorously or you are suffering from gum inflammation, this could cause your gums to swell and bleed. Sometimes, pregnancy can even cause your gums to become more sensitive and easily irritable. 

Bleeding or sore gums are also sometimes a sign of gingivitis or gum disease. Leaving your symptoms untreated can cause serious dental problems down the road. That’s why preventing gum disease by following a proper brushing routine is critical for keeping your gums healthy and intact. 

5. You have experienced severe damage to your tooth

Suffering from physical trauma such as a car accident or a fall can cause severe tooth damage. Playing sports such as lacrosse or soccer also puts you at a high risk of suffering from a tooth injury, which is why it is important to always wear a mouth guard when playing. Even attempting to use your teeth to open a cap or a bottle can damage your teeth, which is why you should avoid attempting those activities. If this happens to you, you will need to seek emergency dental care immediately. 

6. You are dealing with painful swelling that doesn’t improve

A swelling jaw or mouth is sometimes indicative of a tooth infection or a gum abscess. A gum abscess, which is a pocket of pus inside the gums that develops from a bacterial mouth infection. Unfortunately, this infection doesn’t just go away on its own. In order to prevent the possible infection from spreading, you need to get it checked out by your dentist as soon as possible. 


Dealing with a dental emergency is never pleasant. But addressing the problem now is critical for preventing the condition from growing worse. Is your yearly dental check-up approaching? Schedule your next dental appointment with leading dentist Rosslyn Farms Dental Aesthetics today.

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