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Your teeth are the one part of your body that can’t repair themselves. This is why taking care of them is so important. If you neglect tooth health, you’ll end up in need of costly cosmetic dentistry.

That’s why is imperative to understand when you need emergency dental care. Taking care of tooth emergencies immediately can lessen the damage to the affected teeth, and is often cheaper in the long run than letting problems go and fixing them later.

So let’s take a look at some instances in which you’d need some emergency dental care.

Severely damaged teeth

If a tooth gets cracked, chipped, has nerve damage, or is knocked completely out of the socket, you need to seek immediate dental attention.

If the tooth is knocked out completely, it’s recommended that you handle it as little as possible. Attempting to insert the tooth back into the socket isn’t a bad idea, and biting down on wet gauze is a great way to help it stay in place. Just don’t swallow it!

If that doesn’t work, clean the tooth and keep it in a container of milk until you get to the dentist.

Sudden, severe pain

If you experience some sudden sever pain, you may be suffering from a tooth abscess. Depending on its severity you may not need emergency dental care. You should call your dentist first to determine if you need immediate attention.

If you have any more questions about emergency dental care, don’t hesitate to call us today at 415.222.9600. We’re more than happy to answer all your questions.