The best course of action is to always try and protect your teeth from any potential accidents. This is especially the case when participating in a activity that may be a contact sport or have chances of falling over (e.g. football, basketball, bike riding, skate boarding etc). Mouth guards are a cost effective piece of protective gear that can add that little bit extra protection from a dental trauma.
What to do in The Event of Dental Trauma
In a perfect world preventing an accident will always be the best solution for preserving your teeth. Unfortunately, accidents can and will happen, even if you are fully prepared, these things tend to just happen.
If you do experience any dental trauma, please follow the first aid tips below:
If you break any of your teeth we advise you:
- Clean the injured area (to prevent infection)
- Cover any exposed area with a sterile gauze dressing (not a bandage)
- If you can find the tooth fragment, store in some water (to preserve it) and call your dentist straight away
A tooth can become loose if it takes a direct hit. In this event, we advise you to:
- Apply an ice pack to the affected area
- Very carefully, attempt to gently push the tooth back into its socket
- Call your dentist straight away. This is time critical and the earlier the tooth is again stabilised, the higher the chance the tooth will reattach and heal itself
Knocked Out Tooth
If you have suffered from a knocked out tooth, time is of essence to save the tooth. Receiving treatment quickly increases the chances of being able to reattach the tooth.
This is what we would recommend for a knocked out tooth:
- Call your dentist as soon as possible for emergency treatment
- Find the knocked out tooth and hold it by the wide part (crown) not the pointy end (root)
- Carefully remove any large bits of debris on the tooth but avoid touching or rubbing the root
- Rinse the tooth carefully (no scrubbing) in a sink (ensure plug is in sink to avoid loosing the tooth in case you drop it)
- Attempt (very gently) to put the tooth (root first) back into its socket. Cover with a protective gause or tissue and gently bite down. This will help stabilise the tooth (if possible, hold the tooth in its socket until seen by your dentist)
- If you are unable to hold the tooth in its socket, put the tooth in milk (not water – will kill cells on the root that are imperative for reattaching the tooth) until you are able to see your dentist
- Make sure the tooth does not dry out, or it will die
Do You Need Dental Treatment?
If you have had an accident and suffered a dental trauma please call us to arrange an emergency dental appointment.