The American Dental Association defines “Urgent” as:
- Severe dental pain.
- Third-molar pain (wisdom teeth)
- Surgical postoperative infection or dry socket
- Abscess or swelling.
- Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma (irritating the tongue, etc.)
- Dental trauma. (accidents)
- Cementing a permanent crown if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gum irritation.
Other things on their list: “Other emergency dental care includes extensive caries or defective restorations causing pain; suture removal; denture adjustments on radiation/oncology patients; denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded; replacing temporary filling on endo access openings in patients experiencing pain; and snipping or adjustments of an orthodontic wire or appliances piercing or ulcerating the oral mucosa.” In other words, anything that is causing pain.