Types of Dental Emergencies

Types of Dental Emergencies

Anything that injures your teeth is considered a dental emergency. However, some injuries are worse than others and may require immediate attention.

It can be painful to experience a dental emergency, but prompt treatment can help to improve the chances of full recovery. Emergency dental treatment should involve examinations and x-rays to determine the extent of the problem.

Your dentist can effectively manage many dental emergencies. The most ones include:


Toothaches can be caused by a cavity, an infection, or grinding your teeth. If you are experiencing a toothache, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We can examine your teeth to determine if a cavity is causing your pain, and if it is, we can treat it with a dental filling.

If you have a toothache, we may decide that a root canal is the best option. During a root canal procedure, we will remove the infected pulp from your tooth. Then, we will clean and disinfect your tooth before filling it.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

When a tooth is broken or chipped, a filling or bonding material may not repair the damage. Teeth have a natural layer of enamel that protects the tooth from damage. If the tooth enamel is damaged, you may need a dental crown to restore the tooth.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped shell made from porcelain. It is designed to look like your natural tooth and cover the entire tooth. The dental crown protects the tooth from further damage and restores the tooth’s function.

Knocked-out Tooth

A dental emergency can be a painful situation to experience. When a tooth is knocked out, it is important to remain calm and follow these steps:

  • Find the missing tooth.
  • Clean it with water.
  • Gently try to re-insert the tooth into the socket. Bite down to hold it in place.
  • Seek emergency dental care as soon as possible.

Jaw Injury

A fractured jaw is one of the most serious injuries that can result from a dental emergency. Broken jaws can cause severe pain, swelling, and bruising on the face.

Severe Gum Infection

A severe infection can cause swelling, inflammation, and discomfort. This infection might spread to other parts of the mouth or even cause fever and flu-like symptoms. A severe gum infection warrants an emergency appointment so that the infection can be properly treated.


An abscess is a pus-filled cavity that is caused by an infection. An abscess forms when bacteria build up in the gums, causing the gums to swell. The bacteria then spread to the nearby tooth tissues and teeth roots, causing an infection.

If you want to learn more, call us at (630) 364-2554, and book your appointment with the dentist in our practice located in Naperville, IL. We will be happy to guide you further.


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