A dental emergency is a situation that requires immediate attention from a dentist. Ignoring a dental emergency could lead to imminent tooth loss, worsening illness, or excruciating symptoms. Yet not all dental issues are emergencies. Here is how to tell the difference.

A lost filling, a broken crown, or an issue with a retainer may feel like an emergency, but typically is not. You will need timely care, so go ahead and call the dentist, but you will most likely not need an emergency visit.

A true dental emergency generally involves a tooth at imminent risk, uncontrolled bleeding, swelling or severe pain. For example, a broken tooth or one that has been knocked out could be lost forever if not treated right away. Severe pain, swelling or bleeding could be a sign of an abscess or infection that could worsen rapidly.

If you are unsure whether you need emergency dental care, always err on the side of caution. Call the dental office immediately. If it is after hours, the voicemail will tell you how to reach the dentist. As a last resort, visit the nearest emergency room.

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