What to Do in the Event of a Dental Emergency

Experiencing a dental emergency is never fun, but the best thing you can do is stay calm and know what you need to do next. You might be wondering what exactly constitutes a dental emergency, and that is what we are going to explain.


Dental emergencies range in severity, but all require immediate or near-immediate attention from a dentist. Any dental problem that requires quick treatment in order to save a tooth, stop bleeding in the tissue, or alleviate severe pain constitutes as a dental emergency. Understanding what the most common dental emergencies are should help you make the best decision on what to do in the event of one.

Common Dental Emergencies

There are a wide array of dental emergencies that you could go through, some being more serious than others. The most common of these emergencies is knocking out a permanent tooth, which can occur for any number of reasons, including falling while riding a bicycle or eating a particularly hard food. If you lose a permanent tooth, there is a chance that it can be reinserted by a dentist as long as you keep the tooth clean and get to the dentist immediately.

If you have a permanent tooth that feels loose, make an appointment with your dentist right away, as this could indicate that the tooth is about to fall out. Having this issue corrected by a dentist before the tooth falls out is essential, as there’s a greater chance for recovery if you catch the problem before it gets worse and you do in fact lose the tooth.

Other common dental emergencies include cracking or fracturing a tooth, even if you are not experiencing any pain. A crack or fracture in the tooth also likely means that there is damage inside of the tooth as well. Immediate treatment is best in order to prevent the tooth from dying and being unsalvageable.

It’s not just your teeth to keep in mind when thinking about dental emergencies. Your surrounding tissue and gums can also experience trauma and require immediate attention. This can include lacerating your gums or receiving a puncture wound. If you ever experience such an injury, the first thing you need to do after calling a dentist is to wash your mouth out with warm water, as this will clean the area and keep the risk of infection at bay.

When You Should Come into Our Office

There are a few questions you can ask yourself about what you’re currently experiencing to determine whether or not you should come into our office and obtain immediate treatment for your dental issue. Ask yourself if you:

  • Are bleeding from the mouth
  • Have any loose teeth
  • Are in a severe amount of pain that doesn’t dissipate even when taking pain relievers
  • Have swelling around the mouth or facial area
  • Were hit somewhere around the mouth, causing pain in the area
  • Have any knots or swelling in your gums

Answering yes to any one of these questions indicates that you’re likely going through a dental emergency. If that is the case, please don’t hesitate to call our office.

If you believe that you’re suffering from a dental emergency, call us immediately at 360-892-2994 so that we can provide you with the care you require. We always have a dentist on call that’ll help you, even after hours, over the weekend, or during a holiday.