You may have a dental emergency if you are experiencing:
Toothaches. By far the most-overlooked dental emergency, a toothache may indicate the inner pulp, root canal, or the area around the tooth root has become infected. Even if the pain dissipates, you should still have it examined, as this could indicate the nerves of the tooth have died and your dental disease is entering a new phase.
Cracked, broken, or chipped tooth. A cracked tooth can leave the tooth open to infection, while a broken or chipped tooth can sometimes be bonded back in place. If you have a broken or chipped tooth, be sure to wrap the tooth fragment in a moist paper towel and bring it to our office.
Loose tooth. A loose or "wiggly" tooth resulting from dental trauma is not always a dental emergency, unless you are concerned the tooth may become detach completely. Most trauma-related looseness resolves itself in several days. Looseness caused by periodontal disease is also cause for concern and should be checked by a dentist.
Bitten lip or tongue. Oral soft tissue injuries tend to heal quickly. If the bleeding does not stop with a compress, visit your dentist or an urgent care facility.