Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!
As is the case with any other medical emergencies, a dental emergency needs to be addressed as soon as possible. A dental emergency essentially refers to any incident that requires immediate attention from a dentist. This can include, but is not limited to, having a tooth chipped, loosened, or knocked out or damaging any of the tissue in your mouth or face to the extent that it causes severe pain or bleeding. These sorts of things may occur during sporting events or as a result of a fall. Some of these injuries may result in serious infections that, in the most extreme cases, can be life threatening. Acting fast if an emergency strikes is vital.
This guide will cover the basics of what to do if your tooth is suddenly expelled from your mouth. Knowing your way around a dental emergency such as this ahead of time can be crucial if it ever occurs to you or to a member of your family.
How to prevent getting your tooth knocked out:
It's smart to prepare yourself if you're expecting to partake in high risk activities like football games, skateboarding or rock climbing. Especially in the former, wearing a mouth guard can prevent your teeth from fracturing or being knocked out if you're hit by a ball or fall over. Being aware of your surroundings and the speeds you're running at can also prevent accidents that may damage your teeth.
In the event of a knocked out tooth:
First and foremost, have someone call the dentist's office so they'll be aware of your coming arrival and need for attention. If you lose a tooth, chances are it can still be put back in at a later date if you react properly and quickly. Pick the tooth up from the ground by carefully taking its crown, not its root, between your finger tips. You don't want to touch the root, as this could contaminate the tooth and make it hard to put back in. After rinsing and gently cleaning it, either place it back in your mouth, though don't force it, or put it in a small container with milk, water or even saliva. This will help keep it moist. If you're going to a sports game or somewhere where the chance of a dental emergency occurring are relatively high, it's wise to think ahead and bring a small plastic container. Then it's time to make your way to the emergency dentist as quickly as possible.