Trauma to the face and teeth can be caused by many accidents. Accidents to the teeth often transpire during sports competitions, outdoor recreation, and auto accidents. They can also happen in non-traumatic situations such as when you bite down hard on an unpopped popcorn kernel or peach pit.
It is helpful to know if emergency dental care is required after an injury to the mouth or face. This will ensure your family members’ teeth are taken care of. Knowing these guidelines could save you an expensive trip to the emergency room.
Any time you have extensive tooth pain due to the injury you should call for an emergency appointment. Pain can indicate underlying damage and needs to be attended to immediately.
A misaligned or loose tooth
A tooth that is loose or misaligned must be dealt with urgently. The dentist can use a splinting method to stabilize or realign the tooth. This allows time for the tooth and surrounding tissue and bone to heal and become firmly-rooted again.
A knocked-out tooth is an emergency that requires instant attention. If the tooth (and patient) is taken to the dentist very quickly it can often be reinserted and saved. This requires quick action. You should hold the tooth from the crown and avoid any roots. The tooth must be cleaned gently. Then the tooth should be reinserted and held carefully in the socket.
At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we treat the dental problems discussed here plus:
- Lost filling
- Cracked tooth
- Broken crown
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