Do you know what to do after an injury to a tooth? When it comes to saving a broken tooth, knowing what to do in a dental emergency can greatly improve your chances of keeping your tooth alive until you can see a dentist. Accidents happen, however, by taking the right steps you can reduce the negative impact an injured tooth has on your self-esteem and oral health.
Unlike other parts of your body such as skin or bone, your teeth cannot self-heal after an injury. Trauma from a fall, accident, or contact sport can dislodge, crack, and loosen teeth in your mouth. Furthermore, blunt trauma to a tooth can result in damage to internal structures such as the pulp chamber and roots. The sensitive, internal structures of teeth deliver cellular material throughout the tooth. When damaged by injury or decay, it can lead to the death of a tooth which will darken and eventually fall out. Not only can dental trauma affect the health of your teeth, injury to the mouth can damage gums and bone as well.
When a dental emergency occurs that loosens or dislodges a tooth, avoid touching the affected area and contact your dentist’s office immediately. If the injury results in a broken tooth or completely knocks your tooth from its socket, place your tooth in milk or Save-A-Tooth solution (available at most drug stores) to keep your tooth alive while you arrange to see your dentist (preferably within an hour).
After an examination, your dentist will determine the extent of damage caused by your injury and decide which treatment option is best for you. Treatment may include root canal therapy, the placement of a crown, or oral surgery such as an extraction. If your tooth cannot be saved, your dentist can replace a missing tooth with a dental implant or bridge.
Contact our experienced and dedicated team at Fielder Park Dental for additional tips on how to prepare for a dental emergency.