Most Common Dental Emergencies

Posted by Kleinheinz Dentistry on Sep 29 2022, 10:14 AM

Dental emergencies should be treated as soon as possible. This situation can range from minor to severe, so it's important to call us right away. When a patient is having an oral health emergency, it means that the situation cannot be delayed and that the patient needs care right away. Common reasons for a dental emergency include:

Broken Tooth

A broken tooth can be painful, but it's important to treat it right away. The tooth may be softened by saliva, but it's still very fragile.

Chipped Tooth

Your chipped tooth can be restored with a dental crown. After numbing the tooth, we can drill into the tooth to remove any damaged tissue and decay. We will then place a temporary dental crown to protect the tooth. In a couple of weeks, we will remove the temporary crown and place a permanent one. This will restore the appearance of your tooth and protect it from further damage.

Knocked-Out Tooth

When a tooth is knocked out, you should seek treatment immediately. First, rinse the tooth off and place it back into the socket. If this isn't possible, place the tooth in a clean container with the patient's saliva or milk. Then bring the patient immediately to the dentist.

Object Caught Between Teeth

You can try to remove the object using dental floss, toothpicks, or other items you have on hand. If the object is still stuck, try gently wiggling your jaw back and forth. If this doesn't work, you should visit a dentist as soon as possible.


A dental abscess is an infection of a tooth or the surrounding gum tissue. This infection begins in a cavity and spreads to the tooth root and/or gums. It can cause swelling, redness, and pain. It is serious and needs to be treated by a dental professional.


Swelling can be a sign of an infected tooth, abscess, or gum abscess. It can be caused by a variety of different things, including food particles, plaque, and bacteria.

Swelling of the face, neck, or jaw can be a sign of an infection that has spread to the lymph nodes. This is a very serious condition.

If you think you or someone else is experiencing a dental emergency, call us immediately.


Toothache is pain that occurs in or around a tooth. It can be sharp or dull and can come and go. There are two types of tooth pain:

Acute pain: Acute pain comes on suddenly, like a toothache.

Chronic pain: Chronic pain occurs all the time, like a cavity.

If you have a toothache, see your dentist right away. They will likely take an x-ray to determine the root cause of the pain.

Please reach out to our dental practice at 3121 Springbank Ln Ste D Charlotte, NC 28226, to consult with our dentists, Drs. Jeffrey S. Kleinheinz. Call Dentist in Charlotte, NC, at (704) 542-6003 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.

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