A traumatic dental injury is common in people of all ages and action levels. It might be due to a car accident, falling down the stairs or an accident during a game. The primary objective while treating a traumatic dental injury is to save the teeth that are at risk of being lost and also restore them to full function. Proper action during the immediate aftermath of the injury is very important to make sure that the teeth are not lost but saved. Here are some important guidelines on what to do when a dental injury occurs and how to handle sport related injuries.
Sports-Related Dental Injuries
People who are active, love playing sports. Youngsters especially participate in sports but it is necessary to prepare for the risk of injuries. An athletic mouth guard of good quality is required for that. A high-quality mouth guard is the best investment you can make in the department of sports as it can save you from the lifetime costs of replacing a permanent tooth which is ten times larger!
The best kind mouth guard would be the custom made, matching the model of your teeth and comes from your dentist.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
This is the most common dental injury which requires seeing the dentist within 12 hours. It is best to try and locate the chipped or broken pieces of teeth in order to have them reattached to the crown.
Immediate attention is required if a permanent tooth is knocked out its place. It is important to recover the tooth if it’s dirty, wash it with water. If it is possible, try to put it back in the socket taking care of the special orientation. With the help of a wet tissue, try to hold the tooth in its place. If replanting the tooth is not possible, keep it in a plastic bag with patient’s saliva or into a cup of cold milk. Bleeding from the socket can be controlled by applying pressure to the area.
Get emergency dental treatment as soon as possible and make sure to check whether the patient needs a tetanus shot or not.
Partially Displaced Teeth
If the teeth are displaced and pushed out of alignment the patient should see an oral surgeon within 6 hours. A careful examination would be carried out to conclude what restorative treatments are required.
Dental injuries may also involve the damage to gums, tongue or the inside of the mouth which are all called soft tissue injuries. In the case of such an injury, wash and rinse the area with soap and water if possible and remove the debris of any foreign materials with hand. Bleeding can be controlled with pressure on the wound however if it is uncontrollable, go to the emergency as soon as possible.
Don’t hesitate to call our dental practice for more specific information about managing a traumatic dental injury.