What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies are an unfortunate part of life that can happen when you least expect them. If you are suffering from severe pain, facial swelling, bleeding gums, and broken or lost teeth, we recommend that you call us right away. In some situations, you can simply make an appointment and see us during regular hours. However, when you experience a dental emergency, you should call us right away. 

Common Dental Injuries and When They’re Considered an Emergency

Here are some of the most common dental injuries we see and tips on how to manage these situations, including when to call it an emergency. 

Severe Toothache

A severe toothache is an emergency, and it does require attention from your dentist, as it is crucial to figure out the cause of your pain. If you have had your toothache for more than one day and are in a lot of pain, call us to schedule an Emergency Appointment. If your toothache is new, we recommend seeing a dentist sooner rather than later before the pain worsens. 


Chipped or Cracked Tooth

If you have a cracked or fractured tooth, you may have damaged the nerve inside of the tooth. While this is not an urgent dental emergency, we recommend giving us a call to book an appointment at your earliest convenience. You’ll also want to be careful while chewing hard foods so you don’t damage the tooth any further.


Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth requires urgent attention. The sooner you see your dentist, the higher the chances are of saving your tooth, ideally within two hours. When possible, recover your lost tooth, handling only by the top of the tooth. Do not scrap the tooth surface. Submerge it in milk to preserve it. Bring it with you when you come in for an emergency dental appointment. 

Lost Crown or Filling

Losing a crown or filling is not considered a dental emergency, but you should get it fixed as soon as possible. When possible, keep the crown that has come loose and bring it with you to your appointment. It may be possible to resecure it to the affected tooth if it is healthy. 


Injury to the Face or Jaw

If you have an injury inside or around your mouth, including wounds or lacerations, this is considered a dental emergency and should be addressed immediately. In these cases, you should go to the nearest hospital emergency department, especially if your injury affects your breathing or swallowing ability. 


What To Do in a Dental Emergency

The biggest thing to remember in the event of a dental emergency is not to panic. Our experienced dental team has the skills and experience to deal with a wide variety of dental emergencies and will work to resolve your issue promptly.

Contact 904 Dental Care for Dental Emergencies in Jacksonville

We know a dental emergency can be stressful and scary, but at 904 Dental Care, we are committed to making your visit as relaxing and stress-free as possible. If you require emergency dental care, book an appointment online now; or call us at 904-425-1212. We welcome clients of all ages.