Dental emergencies Dental emergencies

Dental emergencies

CORPORATE 3 August, 2016 María Alejandra Tavera

These are cases of trauma or conditions when a scheduled appointment cannot wait.

Andrea Ximena Díaz, Clinical Dentistry Auditor, Coomeva Private Healthcare.

Provided that in the majority of cases this comes with pain or is a situation that cannot wait for a scheduled visit, a dental emergency is the sudden onset of a condition that requires immediate attention. It can be caused by trauma, a pathology (disease) or by a condition of the teeth or oral structures such as the libs or soft tissues. Self-medication or home remedies are not recommended in these situations as they can complicate the symptoms.

Coomeva Private Healthcare provides its users with in-home emergency dental services through Coomeva Emergency Medicine (CEM). This can help to manage and stabilize the situation before the patient can get to their appointment. In some cases, x-rays are needed to confirm a diagnosis or to be able to establish the complexity of a procedure, in which case the patient must visit the dentist’s office in order for the emergency to be attended to.

A leading line of service in Colombia for dental insurance, Coomeva Private Healthcare Oral Health programs cover emergency visits. This coverage starts immediately and is for dental accidents with a coverage limit of a maximum of ten times the monthly Colombian minimum wage. There is no limit to the number of accidents that can be attended to throughout the life of the contract and it includes an extensive national network of providers. Some comprehensive healthcare programs also provide emergency coverage •


Take Preventative Measures

Dental emergencies cannot be prevented, but the risk of experiencing them can be reduced if an oral healthcare professional is visited regularly.

6,270 users of our Oral Healthcare and Comprehensive Healthcare programs were treated by Coomeva Private Healthcare Oral Healthcare professionals and by CEM In-Home Emergency Dental care in 2015.


Fractured Tooth

This is most common reason behind a dental emergency among children and is what most impact parents emotionally. In these types of situations, if you have the tooth, it is very important to visit the dentist as soon as possible and take the tooth with you. The tooth should not be scrubbed or cleaned off and it is preferable to conserve it in saliva, milk or in a saline solution so that the dentist can reattach it.

The Most Common

The most frequent causes of dental emergencies are fractured teeth, pulpitis, abscesses and pericoronitis.


  • Sharp, sudden, persistent pain
  • Pain and inflammation in the gums surrounding the wisdom teeth when they come in
  • Hemorrhaging or complications after a surgical procedure
  • Swollen gums, lips or face


Between the ages of 16 and 21,

it is common for wisdom teeth or third molars to come in. When they do, they can cause discomfort such as swollen gums, sharp pains, and a limited opening of the mouth, among others. This is why it is very important to be seen by an oral healthcare professional in order to establish proper treatment, as it is not always necessary for these teeth to be pulled.

At you can get more information on different types of emergencies.

Most Common Emergencies

  • Tooth pulpitis or inflammation of the nerve: Characterized by the sudden appearance of sharp pain, often associated with cavities or deep fillings.
  • Tooth abscesses: Associated with the degeneration of the nerve due to dental pulp or to an alteration to the ligaments and tissues that surround the tooth.
  • Pericoronitis: Inflammation and infection of the gums that surround impacted teeth, mostly when the wisdom teeth come in.
  • Fractured tooth: This can manifest as pain ranging from sensibility to sharp pain and can partially or completely damage the crown of the tooth.