Dental Injury or Dental Tauma
Dental emergencies can happen to anyone and anywhere. You can be doing something as innocent as playing a sport when out of nowhere, you might get hit in the face by a stray ball. Or you can get elbowed while you’re on the basketball court. Dental injury and dental trauma can happen in traffic accidents too. It’s in these cases that you need proper and immediate dental care.
Types of dental injury or trauma
By far the most common type of dental injury is chipped teeth. Teeth can also be partially dislodged or completely knocked out. Other common injuries include cracked or fractured teeth.
During your dental injury
If your tooth is broken or cracked, do not try to treat this at home. See your dentist immediately (within 1 hour of your injury).
Until you’re at Outdoor Dental:
- Be very careful at handling your tooth. Only touch the crown (the white part) of your tooth.
- If your tooth completely came off, get a responsible adult to place the tooth back lightly in the tooth socket. Keep your tooth protected with a gauze.
- If you cannot put your tooth back in the socket, do not store the broken tooth in water. Rinse your tooth with cold water for less than 10 seconds. and place it in milk.
- Apply pressure with a gauze on your bleeding areas for about 5 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
- To reduce swelling, apply a cold pack on the cheek of the affected area. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
There is a range of treatments for dental trauma, depending on the scenario. Cracked or fractured teeth can actually be fixed by reattaching the broken piece of tooth or using a filling. Broken teeth require crowns in order to restore them. In more severe cases, where the pulp may be exposed, a root canal will be necessary. Sometimes extraction is the only option for treating more drastic cases, like split teeth. Teeth that are knocked out or dislodged, however, may be able to be saved and repositioned in their original location, but immediate treatment is of utmost importance for it to be successful.
Now accepting new patients in Calgary
For all kinds of dental injuries and traumas, at Outdoor Dental we put your overall wellness first. We believe that dental and oral health have an impact on the mental and physical wellbeing. We advocate the use of using the latest technology to ensure our patients are comfortable and the treatments are effective.
Contact Outdoor Dental and Dr. Jay Patel today and schedule your appointment.