When Is It a Dental Emergency?

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Unfortunately, issues with teeth can happen at any time. But when does a tooth problem qualify as a “dental emergency” that should be taken care of right away?  Read on for some guidelines about when it’s time to head to the dentist ASAP.

Broken Tooth

It is quite an unpleasant surprise when you bite down on something hard and feel the sudden pain that comes with a tooth breaking. If left untreated, it may cause pain when you try to chew with it, or it may be sensitive when you drink something cold. It may even have a sharp edge that can cut your tongue or cheek. The worst case scenarios are that a broken tooth is at risk for nerve damage and collecting bacteria, which can lead to infection.


If your tooth hurts so bad that it is affecting your normal daily activities, or if it is causing a fever or pain, it is time to make an emergency appointment. A toothache can be caused by a variety of things such as infection, a damaged filling, or tooth decay – all things that you want to take care of right away.

A Filling That Comes Out

If left untreated, a tooth with an empty space where the filling used to be can be damaged by bacteria and food particles. Get in to see the dentist as soon as possible so that your tooth is protected and you can avoid infection.

Impacted Tooth

An impacted tooth is one that can’t fully grow out from the gums because there is not enough room or because it is not coming in properly. The wisdom teeth are usually the ones that are impacted. Oftentimes the patient doesn’t even know he or she has an impacted tooth, but there are cases where it can cause a lot of pain. If you are suddenly noticing tooth pain back where the wisdom teeth grow, they may be impacted and should be treated right away.

Tooth pain is certainly no fun, and it can end up causing serious problems. If you think you need an emergency dentist, call Arlington Dental Aesthetics in Arlington at (703) 527-1020 or South Riding Smiles in South Riding at (703) 327-7705.

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