Any condition or issue that causes dental pain, discomfort, or otherwise requires prompt treatment can be considered a dental emergency. Some dental emergencies include, but are not limited to:
Some emergencies require immediate care, such as a tooth falling, while other situations may be treated less urgently, either later the same day or the following day. If you have a dental emergency, you should call your dentist to arrange care as early as possible. If an emergency requires immediate attention arises outside of normal office hours, seek emergency care immediately.
Try to preserve the tooth. Most importantly, do not touch the root of the tooth. If the root is damaged, your dentist may not be able replant it. Keep the tooth moist. If possible, gently place the tooth back in the socket, or place it between your gum and cheek and seek immediate emergency treatment. You can also preserve the tooth in milk or a tooth preservation kit. Do not use tap water. If the tooth is healthy and you get treatment quickly enough, it may be able to be saved.
Good dental hygiene practices is one of the most important things you can do to protect your teeth and oral health. Make sure you brush and floss regularly and make biennial visits to the dentist. Strong and healthy teeth are much less likely to become damaged. If you play any sports or engage in activities where you are at risk of getting hurt, it is essential to wear protective mouth guards.
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