What to Do When You Find Yourself Having a Dental Emergency

Dental Emergency, Dental Illusions, Basil Moukarim, DDS

Dental emergencies are very common. In fact, nearly 22% of people experience dental or oral pain in a given six-month period, according to a report in American Family Physician. While some dental pain doesn’t require immediate emergency care, in some situations, seeking care quickly is your best chance for preventing permanent damage to your teeth and mouth.

Examples of dental emergencies are knocked-out teeth, servere chips and cracks, and an abscessed tooth. If you’re experiencing severe pain or bleeding from the mouth, you’re most likely experiencing a dental emergency. Learning how to identify a dental emergency and acting quickly goes a long way in helping to treat the condition.

At Dental Illusions, Basil Moukarim, DDS, is highly trained to treat a variety of dental emergencies. If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, we offer same-day appointments in the Houston, Texas, area.

Don’t ignore tooth pain

Pain is often your greatest indicator of a dental emergency. Some conditions, like chipped and cracked teeth, are only considered emergencies if they’re causing you constant pain. While some small chips and cracks can wait a few days before you visit the dentist, seek care immediately for serious fractures causing significant pain.

Abscessed teeth cause severe pain and can even be life-threatening. A dental abscess occurs when a portion of your tooth becomes infected. An abscessed tooth may lead to a persistent toothache, swelling in your face, tooth sensitivity, and a fever, and treatment is required to get rid of the infection.

With a chipped or cracked tooth, fragments of lost tooth can cause damage inside your mouth. With an abscessed tooth, infection can spread to your jaw and other areas of your body. Tooth pain isn’t normal, and severe or persistent pain should be evaluated by a professional.

If you’re experiencing severe pain, bleeding, or infection and you can’t get to the emergency dentist, go to the nearest emergency room for treatment.

Act quickly to help save your tooth

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, it’s a dental emergency. Adults should never lose teeth, so after an impact — even if your tooth is still in your mouth but it’s loose — seek dental care right away. If your tooth has completely fallen out, act carefully and quickly.

If your tooth has fallen out, locate it and carefully pick it up by the crown, or top. Don’t touch the root of the tooth, as this can permanently damage it. If your tooth is dirty, gently brush off the debris, but don’t rinse it with water.

As you head to the emergency dentist, it’s important to keep your tooth moist. Place it back in its socket, if possible. If you can’t reinsert your tooth, hold it in your mouth between your cheek and gums, or carry it in a small container of milk.

If you get to the dentist quickly after losing a tooth, it’s quite possible that we will be able to save and reinsert your natural tooth. If it’s not possible to save your natural tooth, Dental Illusions offers dental implants to fill the gap left behind.

Dental emergencies — problems that bring extensive pain, bleeding, swelling, or infection — need treatment quickly. Whether it’s a fractured tooth, lost tooth, or abscess, seeking emergency care promptly improves your outcome.


If you think you’re having a dental emergency, call Dental Illusions for advice on whether you need to come into the office for emergency dental treatment today. Let us help you protect your smile.

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