A dental emergency comes in many forms and usually involves an issue with the teeth and/or supporting tissue. Pain can originate in the tooth, the surrounding tissue or can have the sensation of originating in the teeth, but may be caused by an independent source.
Emergencies can range from bacterial, fungal or viral infections to a fractured tooth or dental restoration.
Dental trauma can include restorative emergencies such as loss of fillings, broken teeth, gum swelling, facial pain, dental pain, abscess, fractured teeth, decayed roots, root canal problems, chipped teeth, broken dentures, loose crowns, accidents and wisdom teeth problems, painful ulcers, trauma, fractured jaws and broken or loose implants. Other conditions may include facial swelling or inflammation.
Based on National Health Services in the U.K., toothaches are the second most common reason for seeking treatment. In the U.S., nearly
50% of Americans can’t afford dental insurance. Similar statistics can be found in the U.K.
However, the dental emergency card gives consumers an affordable option and provides an opportunity to receive high quality treatment at significant discounts.
All dental emergencies should be treated under the supervision or guidance of a dental health professional in order to preserve the teeth for as long as possible.