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What You Need to Know When You Have a Dental Emergency

Nov 30, 2016Posted by nameless

From a broken tooth to losing a tooth altogether, a dental emergency can happen anywhere, at any time. It is very important for everyone to understand what needs to be done if such a problem occurs.

Like any emergency, it is important to stay calm and assess the situation. You should call for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) if you feel the dental emergency warrants immediate care and attention, but not all problems require that. Here are the most common dental emergencies with a link to the recommended courses of action for each.

Dental Emergency: Broken or Cracked Tooth

What causes a tooth to break or crack can vary from biting down on a hard piece of food, or being hit in the mouth playing a sport. Regardless of how a tooth breaks or cracks, chances are the nerve of the tooth will be exposed, causing a great deal of pain and discomfort. An exposed nerve is hyper-sensitive to temperature, especially cold and requires immediate treatment from a dentist. Here, you will find information on what you should do immediately after a tooth breaks or cracks in order to keep yourself comfortable until you can see your dentist.

Dental Emergency: A Lost/Knocked