Not every oral situation should be considered a dental emergency
- so how do you know when you have a legitimate crisis? There are some guidelines generally recognized as criteria for a dental emergency. The first of these is a situation where you're experiencing severe pain or bleeding from the mouth. If you have just lost a tooth or had one knocked out, prompt attention might be able to save that tooth. A loose tooth should also be considered an emergency, because adults should not have loose teeth for any reason, so something is wrong.
If you have an abscessed tooth or an obvious infection, that's also grounds for a dental emergency. There are some situations where this can even be a life-threatening case, so you should waste no time in contacting your dentist about an abscess. If you spot swelling of the glands or in the facial area, it's particularly important that you act fast. Any situation which involves severe pain, persistent bleeding, or possible infection should be treated like a dental emergency, and should not be deferred. Fast action may save a tooth that you've lost, or it may prevent something much worse.