Accidents and dental emergencies can happen at any time, and we are here and always ready to help. You can save valuable time and unnecessary stress by communicating any risks, hobbies, or sports you may be engaging in with your dentist at Tooth or Gum Family Dentistry and Orthodontics so we can best equip you with the gear and knowledge you need to stay safe. Knowing exactly what to do in an accident or sports injury can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth.
Remember to save our number in your phone and have it readily available in case of an emergency. If one should happen, we are just a phone call away.
What do I do if I lose a tooth?
In an emergency, contact our office right away. If you lose a permanent tooth, try to keep it moist while you get to the dentist. You can try placing it back into the socket if that is not painful, or between your cheek and gums. If that is not possible, placing it in milk can greatly improve the chances of saving the tooth.
What do I do if I crack a tooth?
If you crack a tooth or bite your tongue or lip, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling. For toothaches or objects stuck in your mouth or between teeth, gently floss to clean the area and remove any debris. Do not put aspirin on your teeth or gums, and never use a sharp object on your teeth.
Wearing a mouthguard during physical activity will help protect your teeth. By avoiding chewing on tough foods like ice, popcorn kernels, or hard candy, you can greatly reduce the chances of cracking a tooth. Combined with these preventive efforts and refraining from cutting or tearing objects with your teeth, you can minimize your risk of a dental emergency.