Dental emergencies: management of dental trauma
It is always good to be prepared, and know what to do, in case of a dental emergency; since it is important for your oral health. If a chipped or fractured tooth, or a broken crown or amalgam is not treated, it can lead to the appearance of decay; since the open space is difficult to clean.
If you have a dental emergency due to trauma to your teeth, calm down and follow these steps while going to your dentist:
- Chipped tooth: If a tooth is broken or splintered, store and wash the tooth pieces with warm water. Put a gauze on the damaged area to stop the bleeding. Once the bleeding has stopped, place cold compresses on the compromised area and go to your dentist as soon as possible. It may not be possible to put the pieces back in their place again, but take them with you anyway.
- Loose Tooth: If your tooth is partially loose, go to your dentist immediately and place a cold compress on the area to lower the swelling.
Fallen tooth: if possible, grasp the tooth by the crown, not by the root. Rinse the tooth, but if it is dirty, do not scrub it as it is necessary to preserve the tissue fragments. The teeth that fall have a high chance of being put back in place until an hour after the accident. Try to place the tooth in its place, make sure it is in the correct position, without forcing it. If you can not place the tooth in its place, place it in a container with milk, water with a pinch of salt or with a special growth medium that you can buy at a pharmacy.