Insidious Dental Emergencies

Usually, a dental emergency is understood as a situation in which pain is felt, or there is a lot of bleeding or a lot of function is immediately lost. This is sadly not the case, as many problems only build up over time, and may not hurt at all, but may require immediate medical attention all the same. Here is a small list of dental emergencies that would not seem like a problem at first, but in fact warrant an immediate trip to the dentist!

Broken Tooth

If a tooth is broken, even if it does not hurt, it requires attention right away. The tooth is at risk for decay, even if a tiny piece has fallen off, as the fragile internal structure of your tooth is now exposed, and bacteria can now enter your bloodstream, your dentine, and your jawbone and alveolar tissue with ease. A broken tooth always requires treatment right away. 


Often times swelling does not hurt at all, and it can be “not that bad” meaning it is not disfiguring, and may even be difficult to notice. However, swelling of tissues always means that there is a bacterial infection present. The sooner you do something about it, the quicker the outcome and the cheaper the procedure will be. The swollen tissues mean that your body is reacting to the presence of bacteria, if there are none present, than you are experiencing a weird autoimmune problem, and may have an overactive immune system, which is also no good at all. You may just be allergic, but knowing about allergies you have is also necessary. Therefor if your face is swollen up, go and get it checked out, even if it is inconvenient for you. You may go into anaphylactic shock. 

Changes In Color

If your tooth changes color, you may not feel anything at all, but a definite problem is there. It means that the tooth is dead, meaning the nerve and the blood vessels are not giving it life anymore, and it will start to decay. This means you have some sort of infection or infestation, or your nerves may be dying. It is definitely a sign of some serious problem, and you should definitely go and get yourself checked out. 

Milk Teeth

If you do not have all of your teeth, or if you still have milk teeth after you turn 18, you should go and have it checked out. It may be nothing at all, but a genetic predisposition, or it may also be the sign of something being very, very wrong. But you will not know until you get a dental x-ray taken of your teeth. Only afterwards will you be able to know for sure.