Dental emergency is a dental trauma referring to an injury on hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and face involving the teeth and supporting tissues that is of high importance to be fixed/treated by the relevant professional.
Traumatic dental injuries frequently occur in society and may occur at home. Although most of the dental emergency or traumatic dental injuries occur in children, however people of all ages can be affected usually as a result of a bad fall, sports mishaps, automobile accidents, or an altercation.
Dental injuries, whether simple or complex, often require treatment onsite at the time of the injury when typically there is no dentist present. Proper attention can save pain, alleviate anxiety, and years of costly dental treatment.
Most common dental injuries include:
Any dental injuries, even if apparently mild, might require immediate examination by a dentist or an endodontist. Sometimes neighboring teeth suffer an additional, unnoticed injury that may only be detected by a thorough dental exam. The severity and type of injury will determine the treatment necessary.
As with most types of dental treatment, the primary goal when treating a traumatic dental injury is to save teeth at risk of being lost, and restore them to full function and normal appearance. In many cases, the difference between saving and losing a tooth depends on taking the proper action in the immediate aftermath of an injury.
Proper diagnosis, treatment planning and follow-up are important for improving a favorable outcome.
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