A dental emergency is a type of medical emergency involving the teeth or gingiva. Pain involving these parts of the mouth, even when minor, can indicate a severe underlying problem that could worsen with time. It is important to contact a dentist as soon as possible for a professional evaluation to minimize damage to the teeth, gums, and supporting bone. Short-term action can be taken to relieve oral pain, which can be very severe.
Any dental emergency like an injury to the teeth or gums can be potentially serious and should not be ignored. Ignoring a dental problem can increase the risk of permanent damage as well as the need for more extensive and expensive treatment down the road.
There are some common dental problems: Toothaches, Chipped or broken teeth, Knocked-out tooth, Extruded (partially dislodged) tooth, Objects caught between teeth, Lost filling, Lost crown, Broken braces wires, Loose brackets and bands, Abscess, Soft-tissue injuries.