When it comes to dental care, it might be a shock to learn that even patients with well looked-after teeth sometimes need emergency oral surgery. There are many reasons why that might be a possibility. For example, they might be through the result of an injury or perhaps due to a wisdom tooth needing to get removed.

If you’re not sure whether you need to have emergency oral surgery, here are some scenarios where it makes sense to get emergency dental treatment sooner rather than later:


It’s not uncommon to have a toothache at some point in your life. But, if you are finding that you’re getting toothaches on virtually a daily basis, for instance, it can indicate your teeth and gums may need attention as soon as possible.

As you can imagine, there are many reasons why people can get toothaches. Here are some examples:

  • One or more teeth have abscessed;
  • A recent blunt force trauma to the mouth or jaw could have dislodged some teeth;
  • A sinus infection due to an allergy or a virus;
  • The loss of a filling;
  • Tooth decay.

If you suffer from regular toothaches, it’s likely one of the above reasons are to blame or possibly something closely related to those reasons.

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Broken or chipped teeth

Believe it or not, experiencing broken or chipped teeth aren’t as uncommon a problem as you might think. Each year, thousands of dental patients complain of toothache only for the source to be determined as broken or chipped teeth.

Sometimes your teeth can become weak due to various factors with the most typical one being a poor diet and low calcium in the body. As you may know, calcium is an important mineral that is useful for strengthening bones and teeth.

When teeth become weak, they are easier to chip or break. You may experience a chipped tooth when biting into something particularly tough, or even because of facial blunt trauma due to a slip or trip and falling onto hard ground. Other times, dental patients might end up with broken teeth, also primarily due to facial blunt trauma.

In either case, you would need to have emergency oral surgery to repair the damage and stop the pain that you are experiencing. If you have just broken one or more of your teeth, try to apply some gauze to the area until the bleeding stops. You can then apply a cold compress to the area every ten minutes or so until you can have emergency oral surgery.

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Facial blunt trauma

It’s been mentioned a few times already on this page, but facial blunt trauma can be one particular reason why you could require emergency oral surgery. You may have had a slip or trip and fell down face-first onto the ground, or were involved in an altercation with someone. In either case, such blunt trauma to your facial area will undoubtedly require emergency oral surgery, especially if you feel constant pain around your teeth and gums.

If the pain feels extreme, you might want to visit your local Emergency Room for attention. But, if the pain is strong but not totally unbearable, it makes sense to schedule emergency oral surgery.

With any dental pain following facial blunt trauma, it’s vital that a thorough examination of your teeth and the inside of your mouth takes place. That way, you can determine the source of the pain and have any corrective surgery carried out to put things right and relieve the pain.

Wisdom teeth pain

Your wisdom teeth are the four rear-most molars found inside your mouth. They typically make an appearance around the age of 20 on average and are the last teeth to come through your gums.

The problem some people have with wisdom teeth is that the lack of space means they often come through at an angle. Other times, they might not even fully appear and so get partially stuck. When either of those scenarios occurs, dental pain can soon make an appearance, getting worse over time.

Thankfully, it’s possible to relieve the pain by having wisdom teeth extractions. It’s worth getting your teeth X-rayed when you start to feel pain regularly because of wisdom teeth problems. But, if you’re only deciding to get something done about it now due to extreme pain, you will most likely need emergency oral surgery.

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Wisdom Teeth with Dr. Jasmine Naderi at Best Dental

Jaw fractures

Your jaw comprises two cooperative bones: the upper (maxillary) and lower (mandible). Most people tend to live their lives without any issues with their jaws. But, there are some occasions where emergency oral surgery might be necessary to correct jaw fractures.

In general, jaw fractures tend to happen due to some form of blunt force trauma. Of course, there could also be medical conditions that might predispose a person to have jaw fractures, such as rare bone diseases.

In any event, if you have a jaw fracture, you will doubtless be in a lot of pain. It’s crucial that you get the fracture checked out and have emergency oral surgery to correct it and get it to heal properly.

Lost fillings or crowns

What might shock you to learn is there are few people on the planet that can boast having teeth in great condition and have not had any fillings or crowns. Such dental treatments are common these days and don’t necessarily stem from poor dental hygiene. In many cases, those treatments might get done because of medical problems beyond their control, or perhaps due to side effects from medication.

The thing about fillings and crowns is while many people believe them to be permanent solutions, they are generally considered only as long-term ones. Fillings and crowns can get dislodged due to various issues like teeth or gum damage, or even the simple act of biting hard onto something.

Losing fillings or crowns from your mouth is no fun, especially when you end up with extremely sensitive teeth. If you feel you’ve lost some fillings or crowns from your mouth, it’s wise to get your teeth examined and potentially have emergency oral surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an oral surgeon to extract a tooth?

There will be some cases where an oral surgeon will be necessary to extract a tooth that is causing you distress. Most of these include impacted wisdom teeth that a general dentist would not be able to handle. Luckily at Best Dental, we have the surgery team that you need to remove any tooth that is bothering you. Whether its a simple tooth extraction, or a complicated wisdom tooth removal that you’re needing, we will tackle any issues that you are facing together.

What can help me with unbearable tooth pain?

There are many home remedies that can temporarily help with a severe toothache. Let’s list these now:

  • Ibuprofen: Taking 600mg of Ibuprofen every six hours can lessen the amount of pain that your tooth is giving you.
  • Antibiotic: If the ER or your dentist prescribes you an antibiotic, it may help dull your pain until the problem of your tooth can be addressed.
  • Salt water rinses: Warm salt water rinses can help ease your toothache, especially if you are having a dental infection. Salt can lessen the amount of bacteria that has localized in the area.
  • Ice pack: An ice pack may help lessen your pain for some time until your clinician can address what the source of the problem is.

Does an emergency dentist cost more?

Most emergency dentists do cost more for their initial consultations and x-rays. Fortunately, at Best Dental all of our patients (even those coming in for emergency oral surgery) are never charged for their exams and x-rays. This allows them to save their hard-earned dollars towards the dental treatment that they need to alleviate their aches and pains.

How do they put you to sleep for oral surgery?

Most times, sedation dentistry can help with your emergency oral surgery situation. Most times, if an impacted wisdom tooth needs to be removed your surgery team will use some sort of sedative methods to put you to sleep. Most times, an IV is inserted into your arm to help give you medicines directly into your bloodstream. Midazolam or Propofol can be given to help sedate you before your procedure begins.

How long does it take for an antibiotic to work on a tooth infection?

In most cases, it takes 2-3 days for enough concentration of an antibiotic to buildup in your system to effectively work against a tooth infection. Always remember that antibiotics are only a temporary solution to tooth abscesses. The culprit of the issue (which is your tooth) needs to be addressed with a root canal or a dental extraction to properly eliminate the problem entirely.

Is a tooth abscess an emergency?

Tooth infections are definitely emergencies. The problem is that these abscesses can quickly spread into other regions of the body, and may even cause sepsis (a life threatening situation). If you have a dental infection, please make sure you get it addressed as quickly as possible with your local dentist.

What is the best pain killer for a toothache?

Normally, we recommend Ibuprofen in 600mg doses to help with a toothache. However, if you are having a very severe toothache (usually associated with an infection) stronger medications (prescription based) may be recommended. Some of these may include Percocet, Tylenol #3, and Norco. Please make sure you see your clinician before taking any medications listed here.