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Types of Dental Emergencies

Emergency dentists depend on the ability to offer immediate care at any hour. Many dental patients worry that feel they are stuck with the pain they are experiencing, forced to live with the discomfort until a convenient opening appears later in the week.

When the constant pain becomes unbearable, no one should be forced to wait indefinitely as the problem only worsens over time. In many cases, an infected tooth or exposed nerve must be treated immediately before the pain intensifies or damage worsens. In events like this, our 24-hour staff is always able to squeeze in an emergency visit.

Reliable access to a premier emergency dentist serving Alhambra, CA can mean the difference in hours of suffering and significant medical costs.

Some of the common types of dental emergencies include:


Toothache or sensitivity to heat or cold that is persistent may indicate that you have a cavity or tooth damage extending to the tooth pulp, where your blood vessels and nerves are located. The pain tends to be more severe with serious damage. Your dentist will diagnose your case and recommend an appropriate treatment, such as tooth-colored fillings, crowns, or root canal. He may use x-rays to determine the severity of the problem. If the tooth cannot be saved, it will be extracted, after which you can discuss possible tooth replacement options.

Damaged crown

Although porcelain crowns are tough and durable, they can come off or break, especially if they’ve been in place for a long time. Damaged crowns will not only weaken the tooth, but also cause sensitivity or pain. It is important to get the crown replaced as soon as possible to protect and preserve your tooth and eliminate the symptoms.

Dislodged tooth

A partially or completely knocked out tooth is a serious dental emergency that might cause you to lose an otherwise healthy natural tooth. A dislodged tooth after trauma, such as a fall, sports injury, or accident, can be saved if it is restored in its socket as soon as possible.

Other problems that might require urgent care include:

  • Broken braces and other dental appliances
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Traumatic oral injury


If you have a dental emergency that needs immediate dental care, Dr. Mutch can help. She will discuss your problem and provide the necessary treatment and guidance to help restore your optimal oral health.

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