In some cases, it's okay to wait until your regularly scheduled dental check-up to mention an oral health concern to your dentist. Some oral health concerns, however, are considered true dental emergencies and need to be treated as such. But how do you know what constitutes an emergency-- and the need for immediate care-- and what can wait? Let's consider four of the most common dental emergencies below:
Chipped or broken tooth. Teeth are commonly chipped or broken due to injury to the mouth. Additionally, chewing on ice or hard candy can damage your teeth. A chipped or broken tooth is a dental emergency, so it's important to act immediately.
Lost filling. Sometimes, fillings - and particularly older, larger fillings - can break off and fall out. If this happens, contact your dentist immediately.
Missing crown. Like fillings, dental crowns can occasionally fall out as well. If you are able to locate the missing crown, save it and call your dentist right away.
Something stuck between teeth. It is not uncommon to get a food particle stuck between the teeth. Most of the time, this uncomfortable feeling can be relieved by flossing after a meal. Sometimes, however, floss isn't able to dislodge the item stuck between the teeth. In that case, contact your dentist immediately.