Dental Emergency

Are You Experiencing Pain From a Dental Problem?

Don’t worry, we can help! Any dental problem requiring immediate treatment is categorized as a dental emergency.

If you are unsure whether the dental issue that you are experiencing constitutes a dental emergency, look out for these symptoms:

  • Painful swelling inside or around your mouth
  • Unbearable toothache
  • Bleeding gums with pain or swelling
  • Post-op procedures (dressing change, stitch removal)
  • Fractured or knocked out tooth
  • Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other cancer therapy
  • Adjusting the braces wire of braces that might be hurting your cheek or gums
A man suffering from severe dental pain

Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth due to trauma or a sports injury constitutes a dental emergency and requires urgent attention.


  • By following appropriate emergency steps immediately after the tooth has been knocked out, the chances for that saving that tooth increases
  • The longer it takes to re-implant the tooth in its socket, the chance of keeping that tooth viable will reduce

Loose Tooth / Out of Alignment Tooth

If your tooth has become loose or gotten out of alignment, call your dentist for an emergency appointment right away.


  • In the meantime, you can try placing the tooth back in its original position using your very light finger pressure and gently bite down on it to keep the tooth from moving
  • Your dentist might splint the tooth to the adjacent teeth (the teeth on each side) to keep it stabilized

Chipped, Cracked or Fractured Teeth

If you happen to chip your tooth but it doesn’t hurt, this usually is not a dental emergency and you can wait a few days to see a dentist.

However, you need to be careful while chewing so as not to break it more. Your dentist will repair this broken tooth using tooth-colored filling material.

A cracked tooth often presents with pain on biting down. A deep crack or fractured tooth is a serious issue and needs to be looked at immediately especially if it is presenting with unbearable pain or swelling..


  • Your dentist will take an x-ray to properly diagnose the problem and assess the damage
  • Your dentist might splint the tooth to the adjacent teeth (the teeth on each side) to keep it stabilized
  • If the pulp is not damaged, the tooth might be saved through a dental restoration
  • If the tooth cannot be saved and has to be extracted, your dentist will inform you of the options available for replacing missing teeth, such as implant-supported restorations and dental bridges
A young woman receiving emergency dental treatment

Other Dental Emergencies

A severe infection or abscess in the mouth can be life-threatening and needs to be dealt with immediately. A dentist will remove the necessary tooth structure to access the pulp tissue for making space allowing the abscess to drain.

Other advantages include the following:

  • There is less risk of injuring the tooth while wearing a temporary crown.
  • You are able to resume your normal diet and daily routine the same day.
  • Digital impressions are extremely accurate and work better for patients with a gag reflex.
  • The crown is made from tooth-colored material and thus, will look natural.

Don’t Wait To Get Treated!

At Family, Implant, and Cosmetic Dentistry, your health and comfort are our first priority. If you’re experiencing serious oral pain, call us directly at (813) 684-7888 or fill out a contact form and one of our team members will schedule a consultation with you.

Schedule Your Emergency Appointment Now. Our team is standing by.

What makes Family, Implant, and Cosmetic Dentistry different?

  • You are NOT a number
  • Sedation options available for nervous patients (including IV conscious sedation)
  • Same Day Crowns! That means no temporaries
  • Cutting Edge Technology including 3d x-rays
  • Intra-oral scanners to avoid impression material
  • Membership plans and payment plan options available
  • We place AND restore dental implants
  • Wide range of services in ONE place

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