Dental emergencies, like every other terrible surprising life happening, always occurs at the worst time. There’s no good time for tragedy, so when it does surface, the least you can be is informed and prepared. Whether you knocked out a whole row of teeth or have questionable tooth pain, know where you need to go to get the care you need, right away without a hassle, because pain can’t wait.
Visit the Hospital When…
Hospital visits are necessary for trauma to the head or mouth that need immediate medical attention including severe injuries like:
- Jaw dislocation
- Crack or fracture to the jaw
- Deep tears or gashes to the tissues of the face and mouth
- Abscess or bacterial infections causing difficulty in breathing or swallowing
If you don’t have anyone to assist you to a hospital, call 911 immediately, a taxi cab, or Uber/Lyft (917-809-5576) service as driving under these conditions are not advised.
Visit the Dentist When…
The following identifiers are considered a dental emergencies and should not be tabled for discussion. Please seek immediate emergency dental assistance if you’re experiencing the following:
- Broken or cracked teeth
- A tooth that has been completely knocked out
- Oral pain due to tooth decay or abscess potentially impacting your ability to breath
Other dental emergencies that are not considered life-threatening, but require immediate care include:
- Cuts inside the mouth
- Biting down on a lip or tongue
While seemingly minor, the area damaged or amount of bleeding could be detrimental to your health.
If you’re unsure whether or not your tooth and mouth pain is considered an emergency, don’t wait, contact a dentist immediately before any issues get worse.
Oh no! My Dentist Isn’t Available
Some injuries may occur after business hours or during weekends. In these cases, try leaving a message for your dentist and see if after-hour care is available. If not, locate the nearest emergency dental facility for further assistance on your injury or questionable pain.
Dr. Roberto Monteagudo is an expert in advanced dentistry, full mouth reconstruction, neuromuscular dentistry and sedation dentistry. He attended the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies from 1999 to 2006 and graduated from Marquette University, School of Dentistry in 1990. Dr. Monteagudo speaks frequently throughout the Wisconsin area on advancements in dentistry and patient education. Dr. Roberto Monteagudo lives in Milwaukee with his lovely wife, Gina, and their seven children whom they make a top priority. He also enjoys outdoor activities and is deeply committed to giving back to his community through charitable events. His warmth and caring combined with his commitment to patient comfort through sedation dentistry, leading edge, gentle, and non-invasive technologies is the reason that his patients travel long distances to see him.