How To Handle A Dental Emergency
Would you know what to do if your tooth got knocked out in the middle of a basketball game? What about if one of your braces fell off? It is important to educate yourself about how to handle yourself during dental emergencies. By learning about what to do, you will be less likely to panic when something does happen to you and be more equipped to handle whatever emergency comes your way.
Knocked Out Tooth
Many times during physical activity, you can get hit around your mouth and lose a tooth. The first thing to remember when you lose a tooth is to stay calm. Dental technology has come a long way and even if your Brookfield dentist can't reattach your tooth, the dentist will be able to make sure that you won't be toothless for long. To save your original tooth, you must act quickly. The vast majority of teeth that are saved are reattached in a dentist's office within one hour of getting knocked out. After retrieving the tooth, immediately wash it gently with water if it is dirty. Next put the tooth in a small container of milk or lightly salted water. After this, you must try to see your dentist as soon as possible for him or her to attempt to reattach the tooth. If the tooth can be saved, they will reattach it in their office. If the tooth cannot be saved, your dentist will be able to replace it by using a dental implant and artificial tooth. Either way, your dentist will be able to fix your smile, but it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible.
Broken Brace Or Wire
For people who are wearing braces, there can be a variety of problems that can occur. The most common problem is a broken bracket or wire. If your bracket comes loose, the best thing to do is to reattach it to your tooth with a small amount of orthodontic wax. See your orthodontist as soon as possible to fully fix the problem. If you have a loose wire that is bothering you by poking your gums or cheek, use the eraser end of a pencil to try to reposition the wire. After doing this, see your orthodontist to fully repair the wire.
Soft Tissue Injury
If you get hit around the mouth, many times your teeth or braces can cut your lips, tongue or gums. When this happens, the first step is to wash out your mouth with a mild salt-water solution. Next you should put a moistened piece of gauze on the bleeding area and apply pressure for 15 to 20 minutes. If the bleeding fails to subside, you should see your dentist right away or go to the hospital emergency room depending on the severity of the injury.
To learn more about how to handle a dental emergency, contact your Brookfield dentist today.
by: Gen Wright