Effective health care includes numerous aspects and treatments. You should be making sure you clean your teeth on a daily basis because it is important to always establish effective lifestyle routines and prevention plans to keep your smile safe. However, even if you do everything right, oral emergencies can still arise. To help keep your smile safe, knowing what to do immediately after an oral emergency can drastically lower recovery time and potentially save your smile.
If a tooth has been knocked out, do not fret, as there may still be time to save the tooth. However, you must make sure you find all pieces of the tooth that may have been knocked out. As with chipped or broken teeth, it is essential to make sure you apply gauze to the wound to stop the flow of blood. You will need to place the lost tooth in a tooth-saving solution such as milk, water with a pinch of table salt, or an actual tooth-saving product such as Save-A-Tooth. Usually, a dentist may be able to reset the tooth in its socket if dental treatment can be received within 1 hour.
If you are suffering from dental damage that has given way to a chipped or broken tooth, the first thing you should do is clean the space around the damage to remove any debris. Next, place gauze over the wound for at least 10 minutes or until it is no longer bleeding. If inflammation is present, you can place a cold compress or ice pack on the outside of your mouth wherever the damage has occurred. Collect any pieces of the chipped tooth that may have broken off, and visit your dentist.
If you think you need assistance with an oral emergency, please call Next Level Dental so we can get you in to see Dr. Coley Ramsey and our team as soon as possible. Our office is conveniently located in Smyrna, Tennessee. To reach us, call our office at 615-459-6354.