What You Should Know About Dental Emergencies

Mouth-related accidents and injuries can occur at any time, wreaking havoc on your teeth and the quality of your smile. The cause can be anything from getting socked in the kisser to something as simple as eating popcorn and chomping on a kernel. Whatever the reason, the friendly, caring team at your denist will be here to handle your dental emergency.

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Dental Emergencies & Sports Safety

Definition
Any trauma to the mouth that may cause bleeding and lacerations to the gums, and dislodge or fracture teeth, and may require immediate medical attention.

Causes
Whether the result of an accident or biting on a piece of food that’s too hard, mouth injuries can cause teeth to become cracked, broken, or knocked out/dislodged. It is important to see a dentist because if left untreated, a dental emergency can lead to serious complications. Colgate has other excellent oral health tips for you to check out!

  1. Pick up the tooth by the crown (the chewing surface) not the root.

Locate the tooth immediately; don’t leave it at the site of the accident. Handle the tooth carefully when you pick it up, and never touch the root of the tooth, only the crown (chewing surface).

  1. If dirty, gently rinse the tooth with water. 

Use only water to gently rinse off any dirt. Do not use soap or chemicals. Don’t scrub or dry the tooth, and don’t wrap the tooth in a tissue or cloth.

  1. Reposition the tooth in the socket immediately, if possible.

Try to put the tooth back into its socket right away. Gently push it in with your fingers, by handling the crown, or position it above the socket and close your mouth slowly. Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or by gently biting down on it.

  1. Keep the tooth moist at all times.

The tooth must stay moist at all times, either in your mouth or, if it can’t be replaced in the socket, put it in milk, in your mouth next to your cheek, or in an emergency tooth preservation kit (such as Save-a-Tooth®). Don’t use regular tap water; root surface cells can’t tolerate that for extended periods of time. Learn more, compliments of the American Association of Endodontists

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Pay Attention To Your Smile Every Day

Some conditions begin and/or worsen quickly, so taking stock of your teeth and gums every day, both visually and physically, is vital for the health and well-being of your smile. Daily brushing and flossing provides the perfect opportunity for your mouth check. Look in the mirror as you attend to your smile and note any tender areas, bleeding gums, sensitivity, discoloration and more. Get regular dental checkups to help monitor your oral health; and, never hesitate to contact ADOB if something suddenly goes awry.

Get acquainted with some everyday dental emergencies below:

Common dental emergencies are:

  • gum abscesses
  • pulpal abscesses
  • swelling, bleeding
  • broken teeth
  • pain on biting — often related to infection or cracked tooth
  • inflammation around wisdom teeth
  • trauma to a tooth from an accident

Emergencies may involve swelling, bleeding and severe pain from a variety of causes. It is important to have treatment from a dental professional for diagnosis and treatment of the problem. Otherwise, you may think something will resolve the problem, but unfortunately, the treatment option chosen may have nothing to do with the problem.

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Never Ignore A Damaged Smile

Whether the cause is accident, injury or disease, dental issues that are dealt with as soon as they occur are easier to treat. Plus, pain levels can become severe without appropriate care. To avoid complications, let your dentist address your dental emergency and save your smile.