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Dental Emergencies: Introduction

Pain is one of the reasons people go to the dentist. A painful tooth can be triggered by hot or cold food and drinks.     Read "Dental Emergencies: Introduction" article

Dental Emergency Procedures Can Help Save a Tooth

Handling a dental emergency can be tricky when you or a loved one is in pain, but a quick and appropriate reaction can help save a tooth in danger. The American Dental Association recommends that you become familiar with these dental emergency procedures just in case you ever have a dental emergency    Read "Dental Emergency Procedures Can Help Save a Tooth" article

Injured Tooth: What Should I Do?

As with any trauma to the mouth, you should consult with your dentist immediately to determine if treatment is required.     Read "Injured Tooth: What Should I Do?" article

Partially Dislodged (Extruded) Tooth

What You Can Do Sometimes a tooth is knocked loose or comes partway out of its socket because of an injury. Dentists call this an extruded tooth. If the tooth is not broken and its nerve and blood vessels are still attached, the tooth may be saved. Read "Partially Dislodged (Extruded) Tooth" article

Fractured and Broken Teeth

Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack (fracture) or break. This can happen in several ways: Read "Fractured and Broken Teeth" article

Knocked-Out Tooth (Avulsed Tooth)

Dentists refer to a knocked-out tooth as an "avulsed" tooth. This is one of the most serious dental emergencies, but the damage isn't necessarily permanent.    Read "Knocked-Out Tooth (Avulsed Tooth)" article

Lost Filling or Crown

Fillings are materials used to fill cavities in the teeth. Crowns cover the tops of damaged teeth. Sometimes, fillings or crowns fall out. Read "Lost Filling or Crown" article

Severe Pain(Not From Trauma)

Any injury to the gums or teeth can be very painful. At other times, you may have dental pain and not know why. For example, sudden pain may be caused by pieces of food that come in contact with a decayed area of the tooth. Read "Severe Pain(Not From Trauma)" article

Lodged Foreign Bodies

It's not unusual for small food particles — especially hard particles such as popcorn hulls — to get underneath the gum and irritate the tissues.    Read "Lodged Foreign Bodies" article

Pericoronitis

Wisdom teeth do not always emerge (erupt) into the mouth properly because there may not be enough room in the mouth for them to fit. Sometimes, a part of the tooth may remain covered by a flap of gum.     Read "Pericoronitis" article

Abscess

When the inside of your mouth gets hurt or irritated, bacteria may enter and cause an infection. Sometimes you will see a painful swelling filled with pus (a thick, yellowish fluid). If the pus can't drain out, the area will get more swollen and painful. Read "Abscess" article

Traumatic Injuries of the Lips and Tongue

What Is It? Trauma to the lips, tongue and the inside of the mouth is quite common. The soft flesh of the lips and their exposed location make them vulnerable to injury. Read "Traumatic Injuries of the Lips and Tongue" article

Pizza Palate

What Is It? Your pizza arrives, you're hungry and it smells so good. You take out that first piece, dripping with cheese, take a big bite … and burn the roof of your mouth. Now you have pizza palate. Read "Pizza Palate" article

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