Traumatic dental injuries occur regardless of our age or level of physical activities. It can happen to us anywhere, during sporting activities, accidental fall along the stairs, or car accidents. You must seek first aid or medical treatment, depending on the severity of the trauma to avoid losing the tooth.
Nevertheless, the ultimate motive is to save the tooth from permanent damage. Below we shall consider some traumatic dental injuries and how to treat such cases:
Sports-Related Dental Injuries
It is no surprise that most Americans love to engage in different sporting activities, especially in high school. These activities offer a lot of health benefit, but it is essential we also consider the risks associated with them so that we can safeguard ourselves towards any accident.
When it comes to sports-related dental injuries, one useful instrument that you must possess is the mouthguard. Having a mouthguard can prevent you from the expenses and pains associated with tooth damage or replacement. Studies have proven that the use of a mouthguard reduces the chances of dental sports injuries up to 60%.
Do not choose over-the-counter mouthguards as your first option, as some are not scientifically approved. Ensure you see a dentist to obtain a fitting mouth guard, which is also durable and light. It will give an assurance of safety whenever you partake in any sporting activities alone or with your children.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
American Association of Endodontists has reported chipped or broken tooth as the most frequent cause of sports-related dental injury.
If you experience a broken tooth, try to recover any of the left pieces and take it along with you to the dental clinic as soon as possible. There is a high probability of reattaching them if the case is reported earlier – within 12 hours from the time of the incidence.
This can happen anywhere, and they always require urgent attention. We refer to such case as an ‘avulsed’ tooth.
When this incidence takes place, first, do not tamper with the root part of the tooth, then, calmly retrieve the tooth, cleanse if dirty (avoiding the root) and fix it back to the socket with the proper alignment. Continue to hold it on that position for about 5 minutes exerting slight pressure on it.
If it is difficult to fix the tooth in its original socket, then, hold it between the teeth and the cheek, or put it in a plastic bag containing saliva or cold milk. Bleeding can be stopped temporarily by using a damp gauze to apply minimal pressure on the affected area.
Alternatively, you can make use of a damp tissue to keep the tooth in position. Once this is done, get to the nearest dental clinic as soon as possible for emergency treatment.
Partially Displaced Teeth
This is a situation where the tooth is slightly displaced from its original positions. If this happens, see the doctor within 6 hours for careful examination together with x-ray analysis to ascertain the level of damage. Such will ensure the right treatment is administered to restore the tooth to its original position.
Our teeth are not the only parts that are susceptible to dental injuries; it can also happen to the tongue, gums, and mouth. These other tissues are very soft, and so, can result in severe bleeding.
Therefore, if such a situation occurs, rinse the affected area with mild soap and water to prevent bacterial invasion. Afterward, visit the dentist immediately for treatment.
Don’t hesitate to call our dental office for more specific information about handling a traumatic dental injury.