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Common Types of Dental Emergencies

Posted by Volki Felahy on Sep 24 2022, 07:07 AM

Common Types of Dental Emergencies

Emergency dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on treating oral injuries and issues that require immediate attention. At Sunset Oak Dental, we provide oral services to patients of all ages and circumstances. This includes common oral procedures such as dental cleanings and fillings, as well as advanced oral procedures such as root canal therapy and dental crowns.

While we always have space in our schedule for those in need of emergency dental care, our general dentistry services include preventive and restorative care. We promote good dental hygiene and at-home oral care, and we strive to preserve (and improve) our patients’ oral health.

If you’re experiencing an oral emergency, visit us as soon as possible. We will address your issue and get you back on the path to a healthy smile!

Here are some of the common dental emergencies our patients come across:

Cracked Tooth

If you experience tooth pain, the first step is to call your dentist. The dentist will want to examine your teeth and gums, including dental x-rays, to determine the cause.

If the tooth pain is caused by a cracked tooth, the dentist will clean the area to remove any debris and bacteria. Then, the dentist will seal the crack to preserve the structure of the tooth and prevent bacteria from getting into the tooth.


While a toothache can be the sign of a bigger problem, it isn’t necessarily an emergency. The first thing you should do if you experience a toothache is to call our office to schedule a visit. We will be able to examine the tooth and determine if a root canal is needed.

If the tooth is abscessed, we will schedule you for an emergency visit so that we can remove the infection. An abscessed tooth can be very painful and can lead to other serious health problems.

Knocked-out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth is one that has been completely dislodged from its original position. A tooth may become dislodged from an injury to the mouth, a fall, or a sports-related injury. You can attempt to bring the tooth back into the mouth by rinsing it gently in milk or water and attempting to gently insert it back into the gum line. However, if this is not possible, we recommend having a professional dental team assess it. A knocked-out tooth, if left outside of the mouth, is at risk of being swallowed or aspirated.

Loose Crown or Filling

Loose crowns or fillings are a common reason for a dental emergency. If the crown or filling comes to lose, it can expose sensitive tissue in your mouth. A tooth filling or crown that is loose or broken can also allow bacteria to enter the tooth.

Broken Braces or Wire

If any of your orthodontic appliances break, you should contact us right away. Broken braces or wires can stick to your lips or cheeks. They could also cut open your gums. In severe cases, broken brackets or wires may even damage the soft tissue inside your mouth.

Broken or Chipped Dentures

Your dentures are an investment, and it’s important to take care of them. If you drop your dentures, they could crack, break, or even chip. Call your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, clean the dentures and soak them in the denture cleaning solution. If you suffer a dental emergency with your dentures, contact your dentist immediately.

Alternatively, if your dentures are old and worn out, your dentist can suggest replacing them.

Objects Caught in Teeth

It is not uncommon for an object to become stuck between teeth. If this occurs, the patient should immediately contact our office for an appointment. Attempting to remove the object could cause further damage.

If an object is stuck between teeth, do not attempt to remove the object. Instead, rinse the mouth with warm water. Then, try to gently remove the object. If that is not possible, contact our office right away.

At Sunset Oak Dental, Dr. Volki Felahy provides effective emergency dental treatments to brighten your smile. Call our office at 916-435-5111 or visit us at 2161 Sunset Blvd #300, Rocklin, CA 95765.

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2161 Sunset Blvd, Suite 300
Rocklin, CA, 95765

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