It’s always better to avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room, but is not a lie that accidents can happen at all times during the day. As it is important to take care your family dental health, is also important to know what kinds of injuries require emergency dental care. Some injuries may need immediate attention, while others can wait until your dentist’s normal business hours.

Some common injuries include cracked, broken, or knocked out teeth. Depending on the severity of the injury and where the tooth is located maybe it can wait to your dentist normal hours.

However, if the crack is severe, there is a large piece of the tooth missing, or the tooth has nerve damage or is knocked out completely, you should get emergency medical attention

If the tooth is knocked out, see if you can put the tooth back in the socket, biting down on moistened gauze or a wet tea bag can help. If the person injured is a kid, you should pay extreme attention to him not swallowing the tooth.

If the tooth fall completely, rinse it off to get rid of any visible dirt and keep it in a container of milk or your saliva you get to the doctor. You can apply a cold, wet compress to help with any bleeding you have.

Sometimes you may find yourself dealing with severe tooth pain, from an abscess tooth, for example. If you think you need emergency dental care, call your dentist’s office first. The office may be able to get you in for an appointment quickly.

Even if you know the office is closed, go ahead and call. There may be an emergency number or instructions on the answering machine. If none of these options work, head to the nearest emergency room.