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If you're reading this, you've probably had a dental emergency. Here are some scenarios: You're having a tickle fest with your loved one and his or her knee accidentally collides with your teeth, knocking out a dental crown. Or your kid falls off the jungle gym and loses a tooth. Or you wake up at 2 a.m. with an excruciating toothache. These situations, and others like them, require emergency dental care. Many dentists offer emergency dental services throughout the day and even after hours. But taking care of dental emergencies isn't completely out of your hands. There are some basic self-help rules that can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Keep in mind, though, that emergency dentistry should follow; without it, your dental emergency could turn into a dental catastrophe.

Dental Emergency FAQs

Q: What constitutes a dental emergency?
A: A dental emergency can range from a knocked-out tooth and a lost dental crown to broken dental braces or extreme tooth pain. Basically, it's a dental situation that requires immediate emergency dental services; feeling a little tooth sensitivity after downing a North Pole-cold iced tea does not a dental emergency make. (But if you've been feeling that sensitivity for a while, you should schedule a visit to the dentist.)

Q: What are some home remedies for dental emergencies?
A: Dental emergencies require the immediate care of a dentist, but there are some things you can do to preserve your teeth, alleviate pain or ease discomfort: Save a knocked-out tooth in a cup of saline solution or milk; soak a pellet of cotton in clove oil and apply to the area of pain; reposition loose braces wires so they don't cut your mouth, or cover the ends with orthodontic wax and gauze. Bear in mind that these are temporary solutions to help minimize pain or prevent further damage and that you should aim to get emergency dental work as soon as possible.

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