What you need to know about toothaches and dental emergencies

By August 28, 2015 August 31st, 2015 Teeth Grinding, tooth ache, tooth decay, tooth pain symptons

We all suffer from toothache at some point in our lives. In the majority of cases it’s an isolated incident that needs no dentist intervention. In a few cases, you may need to visit the dentist. Dental emergencies are something different. They are usually a serious issue that either causes discomfort, problems eating, talking, drinking or all of the above.

This post is all about giving you the information you need to understand toothaches and dental emergencies. We hope it helps.


Toothache can be caused by many conditions such as something stuck between teeth, tooth decay, cracked teeth, loose or broken fillings, receding gums, periapical abscess, periodontal abscess, ulcers, sinusitis, TMJ and many more conditions.

With the exception of having something stuck between your teeth, all these situations need expert diagnosis. Many causes will have quick and painless treatments that can remedy the symptoms fast. Occasionally, the cause of the toothache may be more complex. It’s something we would discuss with you at the time.

Dental Emergencies

There are many kinds of dental emergency, from a lost tooth, lost fillings, broken brace, abscess or soft tissue injuries. Whether it is regarded as a true emergency or not depends on how severe it is and how it is impacting your life. If the effects are severe, we would definitely recommend scheduling an emergency appointment with Aesthetic Family Dentistry. It is far better to overreact than to not react in time.

We regard dental emergencies as:

  • Severe bleeding or damage to the mouth
  • Severe discomfort that stops you doing anything else
  • A lost or damaged tooth that will not stop bleeding
  • Sudden swellings in the mouth that can often be accompanied by bad odors
  • An accident that causes significant discomfort to any region of the jaw or mouth

Many dental emergencies feel or look worse than they actually are. While swift action is important, there is usually no need to panic, to visit the ER or anything of that nature. Simply call us, schedule the appointment and speak to us about immediate care. We can advise what to do over the phone to help contain the situation until you can get to us.

We usually reserve time between scheduled appointments to be able to manage dental emergencies should they arise. It is important to contact Aesthetic Family Dentistry as soon as the situation arises so we can ensure we can see you in time. Once you’re here, we can assess and treat the situation as necessary.

Whatever has caused your dental emergency, you’re in safe hands with Aesthetic Family Dentistry!