dental emergencies

The dental emergencies - Injuries or disorders of the teeth and gums that require immediate treatment because of severe pain and/or because delay could lead to poor healing or to complications.

A tooth that has become dislodged by injury can be reimplanted (see reimplantation, dental) into the gum successfully if this is done without delay, usually within 30 minutes of the injury. A partly dislodged tooth should be manipulated back into the socket in the gum immediately.

Other dental emergencies include a broken tooth (see fracture, dental); severe toothache, which may be due to an abscess (see abscess, dental); Vincent’s disease (see gingivitis, acute ulcerative), which causes ulceration, and bleeding of the gums; and eruption of wisdom teeth that cut into the tongue.


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