To maintain your teeth to keep them for as long as naturally possible, it is always the best plan to try and prevent any potential accidents that may damage your teeth.
For example, if you are regularly playing a contact sport it can be quite easy to take a knock on your mouth which may damage your teeth. There are mouth guards available on the market that can offer that little bit of extra protection and reduce the chances of a dental trauma happening.
In Case Of a Dental Trauma
However we all know that you can still be well prepared for every eventuality, but accidents can still happen, and when they do, it is best to have a bit of knowledge to help maintain the survival rate of the affected tooth.
If you do suffer from any dental trauma we always recommend that you go and see a trained professional as soon as possible, but in the mean time, here are a few first aid tips to give your teeth a fighting chance.
If you suffer from a broken tooth or multiple teeth, we advise you to:
- Carefully clean the affected area, which will help prevent infection
- Use a sterile gauze dressing to cover any exposed area
- If you are able to see the bit of tooth that has come off, put into water straight away (for preservation) and make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible
If you have taken a knock on your teeth and they start to feel loose we advise you to:
- Gently apply an ice pack (or bag of peas etc) to the affected teeth
- Very gently and carefully try to push the loose tooth back into the socket
- Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner the tooth is again stablised, the more likely it will heal and reattach itself
Fallen Out Tooth
If your tooth has fallen out, it is of utmost importance that you receive treatment as soon as possible. The longer a tooth is out of its socket, the less likely it will be able to heal and reattach.
- This is what we would recommend for a newly fallen out tooth:
- Book an emergency appointment with your dentist as soon as possible
- Find the tooth and carefully hold it by the crown (the big end)
- Remove any debris off the tooth but do not touch/rub the root of the tooth (pointy end)
- Carefully rinse the tooth in a sink with a plug in. Do not scrub the tooth
- After cleaning, very gently try to put the tooth (root first) back into its socket. Use a protective gause or tissue to cover the tooth and to then gently bite down. This will help to stabilise the tooth and increase the chances of it healing. If you are able to, hold the tooth in its socket until you can see your dentist
- If you are unable to keep the tooth in its socket, store the tooth in milk (not water – water will kill cells needed for reattachment on the root) until you are able to see your dentist
Do You Need Dental Treatment?
If you have had an accident and injured one of your teeth or multiple teeth, please do not hesitate to call us for an emergency appointment.