Prompt first aid could mean the difference between losing a tooth and having your dentist save it. Tooth injuries are common. The best treatment for any tooth problem is to see your dentist right away. To improve your odds of success, follow these tips.
How To Save a Tooth That Comes Out
A common cause of lost teeth is sports injuries. Wearing a mouth guard helps prevent injuries, but if you find yourself with a knocked out tooth, don’t panic. Teeth can be reset into the jaw under many circumstances.
First, it’s essential that the tooth doesn’t dry out. If possible, place the tooth back into your socket as that’s the best place for it. However, if it’s not possible due to extreme pain or difficulty in having it stay, don’t panic. Just make sure to keep the tooth moist and nourished. You can try holding it inside your mouth between your gums and cheek, for instance. If you cannot keep the tooth there, place it in milk or seal it with specialty products that can be bought in stores that sell medicine. These options are better for children who can’t be trusted not to swallow their tooth.
If the tooth cannot be saved, still see a dentist as soon as possible. When it comes to dental implants, dentists recommend quick action for the best results. Seek out an emergency appointment as soon as possible.
What To Do For a Chipped Tooth or Broken Tooth
Breaking your tooth is serious, but not as serious as losing one completely. In either case, you should still find a dentist as soon as possible. There are three stages of broken tooth: broken, cracked, and chipped.
A broken tooth involves a large portion of your tooth breaking off. This is usually intensely painful. The break may or may not reach the root of the tooth. Even when it doesn’t, the nerve in your tooth’s root is still stimulated because the protective enamel is much thinner where the tooth broke.
Cracked teeth don’t have missing pieces (or large ones), but they do reach to the root. Cracked teeth are much harder to detect. If you can’t see the crack, you may not realize that you have a problem until your tooth becomes infected and painful.
Chipped teeth are more of a cosmetic worry than something serious. They rarely reach the nerve. Like a broken tooth, a section of your enamel is missing. That area will be more prone to further trauma.
Until you can see a dentist, you can protect your chipped, cracked, or broken tooth with a seal. You can find them in most drug stores. You can also rinse your mouth with warm salt water, which will decrease swelling and ease your discomfort. These temporary fixes will help prevent your tooth from getting infected until you can set a dental appointment.
A sudden toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies. It could be caused by anything–food between your teeth, an infection, or even by grinding your teeth. The best treatment is simple: common painkillers, jaw stretches, and a warm salt water rinse to soothe the gums. If the ache persists, see a dentist.
Finding a great dentist is the best way to treat tooth injuries. If you let things get to far, you’ll be looking for dental implants instead. The best things to do for all injuries is to keep them clean and see your dentist, Dr. Chavez ASAP. Contact us to save your teeth today!