According to American Family Physician, about 22 percent of people reported having experienced oral pain in the previous six months, showing just how common dental emergencies can be. Still, not every dental situation should be considered an emergency. To help you determine if you can wait until your next dental appointment or if you need to take a trip to an emergency dentist, ask yourself the following questions:
In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This also applies to severe infections that can be life-threatening.
How to treat dental emergencies depends on the situation and the type of damage. In many cases of severe toothache and chips or cracks, your dentist may need to treat an infection and repair the tooth, which could involve:
If your tooth has been broken, knocked loose, or has come out completely, your dentist may need to perform:
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