When teeth get damaged

Take quick action and you could save the tooth. A root canal may be unavoidable, but (honest!) it shouldn't be that painful.

Most dental trauma happens to younger people. But we adults damage our teeth plenty, too. Some of us don't put away childish things. Errant basketballs and baseballs, mountain bike spills — they've landed more than a few in the dentist's chair. Age in general takes a toll on our sense of balance, so stumbles become more common. Pitch forward, and your teeth may get the worst of it.

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