There comes a time in most people’s lives when you are going to require some kind of emergency dental care, whether that be for yourself, or perhaps a child or yours or other loved one.

Read our guide below to find out more about some of the things to look out for.

Common dental emergencies include a wide range of various ailments and issues, but here’s some of the most common that we come across:


Pulpitis is inflammation of dental pulp tissue. The pulp contains the blood vessels the nerves and connective tissue inside a tooth and provides the tooth’s blood and nutrients. Pulpitis is mainly caused by infection by bacteria which itself is a secondary development tooth decay.


An abscess is a collection of pus that has built up within the tissue of the body. Signs and symptoms of abscesses include redness, pain, warmth, and swelling. The swelling may feel fluid-filled when pressed. The area of redness often extends beyond the swelling. You will need to see an emergeny dentist to treat this.


Cellulitis (sel-u-LIE-tis) is a common, potentially serious bacterial skin infection. The affected skin appears swollen and red and is typically painful and warm to the touch. Cellulitis usually affects the skin on the lower legs, but it can occur in the face, arms and other areas.


Pericoronitis is inflammation of the soft tissues surrounding the crown of a partially erupted tooth, including the gingiva (gums) and the dental follicle. The soft tissue covering a partially erupted tooth is known as an operculum, an area which can be difficult to access with normal oral hygiene methods.

Broken, loose or missing teeth

A broken front tooth impairs your ability to eat and talk and there is this embarrassment that comes from missing a key part of the smile. A broken front tooth sounds simple, but there are actually several varieties of trauma that a person can suffer.  You need to make a quick decision after breaking or losing the front tooth.