Guide to dealing with everyday dental trauma
Youngers’ bike falls, in-line skating accidents, sporting mishaps and the common bumping of heads among children all have the potential of causing dental damage.
And of course, adults also pick up mouth injuries too – some the result of falls, playing sport or a DIY or industrial accident.
For most teeth-related problems the dentist needs to be your first call, but for more serious problems we would urge you to visit your local Accident & Emergency hospital department
Tooth Knocked Loose
Sometimes the gums bleed, the tooth appears loose, but is in the same position as before. It’s common occurrence and can be whether it’s a first tooth or a permanent tooth. In some cases a dental splint, similar to a brace, will be use to help stabilise the tooth. The outcome is usually good.
Tooth Knocked Out of Position
This injury is more. Repositioning the tooth is desirable, preferably the day of the accident. Again both baby teeth and adult second teeth can be treated, but some short-term orthodontic intervention may be required.
Sometimes a tooth can be pushed up into the gum. This intrudes if more than 50 per cent of the crown length (the part you normally can see) is visible. Close monitoring will be required to see if the tooth will heal in the socket. The tooth can often rectify itself.
Knocked Out Tooth
If it’s a baby tooth, you must not worry too much as it would grown back but call us if you have any concerns.
However, if it’s a permanent tooth, you must be very careful if you want to save it.
Firstly, do not clean the knocked out tooth. Place it in something moist, preferably milk. It’s possible we can push the tooth back in position and secure it with a dental splint. Close monitoring will then determine whether it is healing or may need to be removed.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
A common injury which can be addressed by smoothing, filling or the fitting of a crown. If the fracture is into the pulp (nerve) there is a greater chance that the tooth may need root canal treatment.
Root fractures can be serious, but with root canal treatment it is possible sometimes to save the tooth.