How to Handle Tooth TraumaMonday, October 28th, 2013, 11:40 pm
Whether it’s from a sports injury or a fall, dental damage such as a chipped or knocked-out tooth is quite common. How the trauma is diagnosed and treated is up to your dentist, but there are several things you can do to help ensure that your teeth are repaired as quickly and efficiently as possible.
First, determine the condition of the tooth immediately following the injury. For example, if your preteen had one of their teeth partially knocked out, make sure to identify whether the tooth is a primary, or “baby” tooth, or a permanent tooth. Pushing a baby tooth back into place may damage the underneath permanent tooth’s development, as it is forming directly behind it.
So, if a baby tooth is damaged, do not attempt to push it back into place. Instead, keep the tooth in place as it is and head directly to your dentist’s office for an emergency appointment. The dentist will determine the best course of action, whether it’s completely removing the baby tooth or letting it remain and fall out naturally.
If a permanent tooth has been knocked out and is still in one piece, only handle the tooth by its crown, or the top portion of the tooth that is visible when you smile. Holding it by the root, or bottom portion, increases the chances of bacteria passing from your hands to the tooth, which in turn increases the risk of infection once the tooth is implanted back into the gums.
Finally, if the tooth has fallen on the ground, gently rinse off any visible dirt and debris, but make sure not to scrub any remaining skin cells off of the root. The tooth must be kept moist in order for it to stay alive until your dentist can properly reinsert it. In the meantime, placing it in room temperature water or milk will help prevent it from drying out.
However, a Save-A-Tooth kit would be ideal for handling the tooth while on the way to the dentist’s office, as it contains a fluid that is specially designed to keep the tooth’s root alive. This tooth preservation kit is available at most drug stores and should be added to your first aid kit in case of a dental emergency.
Tooth Trauma Treatment in Toccoa
If you want to learn more about the various treatment options we offer for tooth and facial trauma, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Wilbanks Smile Center is located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to hearing from you.