When Is It a Dental Emergency? Signs And Considerations

when is it a dental emergency

October 8, 2021

Your dentist is your go-to resource for dental issues. However, getting a hold of your regular dentist on holidays or during off-business hours is difficult and can put you in a frustrating situation when dealing with a dental emergency. 

Little Green Building in Toronto is here for your dental emergencies when you are in a time crunch. Our team understands the irritation and confusion that comes with an emergency and is prepared to help. 

When Is It a Dental Emergency or Non-Emergency?

Knowing the difference between an emergency and a non-emergency situation can save you time and hassle. When you damage your teeth, determining the severity of the issue is the first step towards recovery. 


If you can wait a few days to see your dentist, you probably don’t have an emergency on your hands. Cracked or chipped teeth are typical non-emergency dental situations unless they cause severe pain or bleeding in the mouth. 


There are specific signs to pay attention to that indicate the need for emergency medical attention. These include:

  • severe pain
  • bleeding
  • swelling

Any time the damage to your mouth creates unbearable pain, excess bleeding, or trauma that can’t wait, you need access to emergency dental services. 

Having a regular dentist for annual visits and cleanings is essential for dental maintenance. To be ready for any surprise situations, get in touch with The Little Green Building.

Common Dental Emergencies

If any of the following occurs, consider it a dental emergency:

  • Severe pain in the mouth: If you crack a tooth and experience significant pain or bleeding, you should find a local emergency dentist. In most cases, a cracked tooth does not require emergency services; however, if the tooth causes you severe pain or leaves sharp fragments behind in your mouth, you may be facing a more complex situation that needs to be rectified immediately. 
  • Lost tooth: Losing your teeth as an adult requires emergency attention as soon as possible. Re-attaching the tooth may be possible in some instances if you can save the tooth and get to your local dental emergency clinic in time. 
  • Swelling  If your gums or face are swelling up, you may have an infection.

Your Local Dental Emergency Clinic in Toronto

Little Green Building understands the strict time constraint that comes with every emergency. At our clinic we make every effort to see emergency patients right away. We deliberately leave open spaces in the dentist’s schedule, in case we receive a call from a person in pain, with a broken tooth, facial swelling, or any other urgent situation.

Little Green Building is always ready to help you through your dental emergency. Call us today at (416) 769-8135 to learn more about dental emergencies and how we can help. 

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Due to major reconstruction of the Little Green Building ( that is not going to be so little), we are temporarily relocating to 2453 Bloor Street West, corner of Jane and Bloor,  South side, second floor, entrance next to Pizza Pizza. The move will start on March 4, 2022 and we should be all set up by March 11.

We estimate the reconstruction to be finished in the spring of 2023, when we will welcome you to our newly renovated clinic at 265 Jane Street.

Thank you for your understanding and continuous support.

Dr. Paltsev and team.