Much the same as commonplace accidents or injuries, dental emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time, requiring immediate attention from a healthcare professional – something that a regular check-up won't provide.
Emergency dental clinics are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year – even Christmas Day in most cases, treating any problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw.
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An emergency dental surgery is run in a different way to the normal dentist's office you might be used to, that's because it is designed to treat patients with much more pressing issues than a brace fitting or tooth whitening procedure.
Emergency dentists won't give appointments for a general dentistry consultation after 11 pm and they are not going to assess you for orthodontic treatments at night, they only accept patients who are in pain and need help immediately.
Not only are these types of institutes becoming a necessity because of their prompt service, but they also take a great deal of pressure off nearby hospitals, which are less likely to be capable of dealing with specific dental problems such as root canals or extractions.
It's comforting to know that there is someone who can help within hours if you suffer an accident, any time, day or night. For patients who have had whole or parts of their teeth knocked out, hold on to any broken pieces, and carefully keep them in a cup of milk – this will keep the tooth alive until it can be reattached.
Leave any remaining fragments in the socket, they may serve as a base for fixing the rest of the pieces back in place, or they may need to be removed under anesthetic.