General dentistry (particularly general family dentistry) is a broad-sweeping category of dental practice. Your family dentist is one of your first lines of defence against more serious dental maladies. One of the primary responsibilities of a family dentist is to perform routine dental cleanings and dental health exams.
There are two primary situations which may warrant the use of emergency dental services. The first is the accidental loss or severe chipping of a permanent adult tooth. This typically occurs as the result of being accidentally hit in the head or mouth. If the entire adult tooth has been knocked out, time will likely of the essence in successfully reattaching the tooth.