Emergency dental problems might sound scary, but some dental problems are common and can easily be repaired with a visit to your Seattle dentist.

Today, we’re going over some of the common emergency dental problems you might encounter. If you experience any dental pain or other tooth problems, don’t ignore it! Schedule an appointment with your dentist at First Hill Dental Center in Seattle

Emergency Dental Problems

If you familiarize yourself with the signs of emergency dental problems, you can better understand when you need to go to the dentist. Read through some of these dental problems and, if you are worried about your teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist today!


These are some of the most common dental problems. Cavities are a type of tooth decay that happens when plaque combines with sugars in your mouth to attack your tooth enamel. Cavities that are caught early can be fixed with a filling done by your local dentist.

If cavities are left untreated, they can become a more severe dental problem. The tooth decay will deepen, increasing your potential for cracked or broken teeth. Eventually, that decay can reach your nerves and cause more problems.

Bad Breath

Persistent bad breath can be a sign of a bigger problem. Tooth problems like cavities, gum disease, dry mouth, or bacteria on your tongue can cause bad breath, especially if it doesn’t go away after you brush and rinse with mouthwash in the morning. If you notice that you have chronic bad, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with your dentist!

Gum Disease

Gum — or periodontal — disease is when the gums that surround your teeth become infected. Gum disease is one of the main culprits of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is something that everyone is at risk for, but routinely brushing and flossing your teeth (twice a day) can help prevent gum disease. If you notice that your gums are swollen, bleed after you brush them, or start receding, visit your dentist!


Pain in your teeth is a good sign that something is wrong with your teeth. The cause could be anything from a worsened cavities to a chip or crack in your tooth. Don’t wait for the problem to go away by itself — schedule an appointment with your dentist so they can figure out the cause of the problem!

Chipped or Broken Tooth

Direct impacts to your mouth can cause teeth to chip or crack. If you experience an accident when your teeth are damaged, call your dentist for an emergency appointment. They can help you repair that damage and make sure your tooth is supported and no nerves are exposed.

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We hope that you have a better understanding of different emergency problems that can happen to your teeth.

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