Emergency dental care is typically not thought about until it is too late. When a dental emergency arises, you will need oral care, fast. This is why, it is imperative to know if your dentist is open for longer hours.

Find out more on how to know when you need emergency dental care and why it is so important.


Dental emergencies are typically not common. They are usually defined as the presence of traumatic injury or painful symptoms. Included in noting a dental emergency is if the patient’s not able to eat, speak, or comfortably go about the activities of daily life because of the tooth. Common dental emergencies include the following:


·       Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth

·       Abscesses

·       Knocked out teeth

·       Injured soft tissue


In some cases, extreme dental emergencies could require surgical intervention. When that happens, your emergency dentist will most likely have to refer you to other emergency services - the same way the hospital emergency room refers you to the main hospital when necessary. Dental emergencies are common after sports injuries, car accidents, or other traumatic events.


To identify an emergency for a dental procedure may be obscure and the list of emergencies above is hardly complete. Generally speaking, if you have oral pain that is interfering with your sleep, speech, or eating habits, you need care. It’s also a good idea to seek out emergency dentistry if you have oral bleeding that doesn’t stop or swelling that is causing painful pressure.


It is always better to be safe than sorry with any dental procedure, so if you are experiencing any oral pain, you should be immediately looked at; see your dentist for their emergency services.


If you’re in need of emergency dental care, contact your dentist for help. It is important to make sure you understand when your dentist will be available during their emergency times and what procedures count as emergency dental practices.