What to do following Dental Trauma resulting in teeth that are loose, chipped and broken or if a tooth has been knocked out.

Had an accident to damage your teeth? What to do following dental trauma

Damaged to your teeth after an accident? What to do following dental trauma.

 

“Accidents happen” is one of those phrases we casually throw around without thinking. But the reality is that accidents can have quite serious consequences for our teeth. The good news is that much of the trauma of dental injury can be minimised if you know what precautions to take and what to do in the unfortunate event you suffer damage to your teeth.

Don’t assume anything

Teeth can be cracked, chipped or become loose from accidents in ways not visible to the naked eye, and failure to get them checked out quickly by your dentist may mean sustaining otherwise-avoidable long-term damage. But there’s also quite a bit you can do before you reach the dentist.

First aid for knocked out permanent teeth

First aid for knocked out permanent teeth.

Children

If your child knocks out a tooth, quickly following these steps can minimise any long-term damage:
1. Find the tooth, make sure it’s clean and hold it by the crown only, not the root.
2. Place the tooth back in position, making sure it’s facing the right way around (if it’s a baby tooth, don’t place it back in.)
3. Call your dentist Leederville Dental 92012744 straight away, and if you can’t replant the tooth, transport it in milk or saliva i.e. hold in the cheek /mouth.

Adults

Again, the key thing is to act quickly so get to your dentist as quickly as possible, ideally within 30 minutes.
1. Find the tooth and hold it by the crown only, not the root.
2. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it in milk but don’t scrub or soak it.
3. Place the tooth back in position, making sure it’s facing the right way around; once in, gently bite down on soft cloth or tissue, or use aluminium foil or your mouthguard to hold it in place.
4. If you can’t replant the tooth, transport it in milk or saliva.

If you play sports (this also applies to children and teenagers), it’s also a good idea to get a custom-fitted mouthguard made by Leederville Dental to minimise the chance of any damage resulting in the first place.

In cases of dental trauma Call 92012744 or 0434312314

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