Dental emergencies can include a host of issues including the following:
In general, any issue that requires the immediate or prompt attention by a dentist is considered a dental emergency.
If your tooth is knocked be careful not to touch the root of the tooth since it can be easily damaged. When a tooth is still healthy, it often can be replanted into the jaw as long as care is sought out immediately. It is recommended that if the tooth is knocked out to place the knocked tooth in a glass of milk.
The most important thing you can do to prevent dental emergencies is to wear mouth guards when participating in sports. It is also important to keep your teeth and gums in top condition with regular brushing, flossing and routine cleaning appointments and checkups. Teeth that are healthy are less likely to become easily damaged, and they usually can also be repaired more easily when damage does occur. Never use your teeth as tools to pry, twist or grip objects, and also avoid chewing ice or hard candy which can chip or break teeth and restorations, or eating very sticky foods which can dislodge restorations like crowns and fillings or become caught in bridgework.
No, some emergencies that occur after office hours can wait until the next business day and be treated with over-the-counter painkillers and application of an ice pack to the cheek. Patients should always call the office to determine what steps to take if they need emergency dental care.
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