Emergencies happen, and they certainly don’t limit themselves to convenient business hours. Perkins Dental understands that, and will be here to help you through anything you and your teeth need.
In the case of an emergency, you may not know what to do. We’ve provided you a list of step-by-step guidelines to help you through your injuries.
When a Tooth Gets Knocked Out
Step 1: Only handle the tooth by the crown, not the root.
Step 2: Gently rinse the tooth and mouth with water.
Step 3: If possible, immediately replace the tooth in the socket. If not possible, move on to step 4.
Step 4: Keep the tooth moist at all times. Milk is the best recommended fluid for storing an injured tooth.
Step 5: Call us immediately. If we can get to your tooth within a half hour of the injury, we have the best chance of successfully saving it.
What If My Tooth Gets Broken or Chipped?
Although tooth enamel is extremely tough, it can still take damage—especially in the case of blunt force trauma, as you might see in a car accident or nasty fall. Unfortunately, tooth enamel is one of the things our bodies cannot heal on their own.
Chips and cracks in the enamel expose the soft inner tissues of the tooth to the outside elements. Even if the tooth is fine for the moment, continued movement of the mouth, as well as exposure to bacteria and temperature changes, will put a great deal of stress on the tooth pulp.
If your injury has damaged a tooth in this way, put a cold compress over the area to reduce swelling, and call Perkins Dental right away.
Don’t Hesitate To Call
If you have experienced an emergency and need a quick appointment, we’ll take you here at Perkins Dental. Give us a call and we’ll fit you in as soon as we can.