Every day, people suffer from traumatic injuries to their mouth, jaw, and teeth. No age is exempt. The most common causes are car accidents and sports. Among seniors, it could be caused by a fall, and young children are also prone to falling. When suffering from a tooth injury, a dentist can help you.
When a Tooth Is Knocked Out
If a primary tooth is knocked out in a child, the dentist will not attempt to replace it. The child’s mouth still needs to be examined to be sure that the injury did not affect any other teeth. Other treatment may be provided.
When a permanent tooth is lost in traumatic injuries, it needs to be located and picked up by the crown. If it is dirty, gently rinse it in clean water. If possible, the tooth needs to be placed back in the socket, or put between the cheek and the gums, in milk, or in slightly salty water. For treatment to be effective, you need to get to a dentist within an hour. After that, it may be lost. At the dentist’s office, the dentist may splint the tooth. If reimplantation succeeds, a root canal will likely be conducted within seven to ten days.
A Loose Tooth
When a tooth has been moved from its original position but not completely knocked out, a dentist needs to be seen within an hour. The tooth should not be removed from the socket. The dentist will likely splint the tooth if it is believed it can be saved. It will be watched and a root canal may be needed later.
A Fractured Tooth
When a tooth has been cracked and the dentin (which is yellow) is visible, this also needs to have quick treatment. There is a strong possibility that bacteria may cause infection in the tooth. An x-ray will be taken to check on the state of the tooth. Certain types of fractures will require that the tooth be extracted, but some types may be repaired.
When a tooth is chipped, you need to find the pieces and bring them to a dentist right away. The dentist may be able to reattach the chip, or it may be repaired with composite material. In the case of a larger chip, a crown may need to be added.
Preventing Dental Injuries
Although not always possible, many dental injuries can be prevented. This is especially true among those who are actively engaged in sports. Players who are at risk should always wear a mouthguard. This simple step will prevent many dental injuries and save a smile.
Eating a healthy diet is also important to keep teeth strong and less likely to break or fracture. It will also help to keep the immune system in your gums strong to be able to fight gum disease – if you also avoid tobacco.
The dentists at Bright White Dental provides emergency dental treatment when needed. We are prepared to treat traumatic injuries in people of all ages. We provide a wide range of dental services along with preventive dentistry for the whole family.