First Aid To Save Knocked Out Teeth
Did you know that over 5 million teeth are knocked out in the US every year? Injuries that involve permanent teeth can have long lasting consequences including cosmetic, economic, functional and psychosocial. Please read on to find out how to handle tooth injuries and how to get your FREE Save-A-Tooth dental emergency kit.
The success of re-implantation of a permanent tooth depends on how fast you can get it back into the socket and how you care for the tooth if you cannot get it back in immediately.
Successful replacement of a lost tooth is close to 90% if you follow these simple steps:
- Get the tooth re-implanted ASAP! The ideal time is within 15 minutes.
- If the tooth is clean, pick the tooth up by the crown and push it back into the socket. Never touch the root of the tooth or scrub the tooth before replacing it in the socket.
- Get to your dentist immediately.
- If you aren’t able to place it back in the socket, get out your Save-A-Tooth kit and place the tooth in the Optimal Storage Environment (OSE) solution. The O.S.E. can maintain the vitality of the tooth for up to 24 hours and is by far the most effective way to store the tooth.
- If you dont have access to your O.S.E. kit, at minimum, wrap in a clean cloth and get to the dentist right away.
Suspect A Cracked Tooth? Break Or Chip A Tooth?
Have tooth sensitivity or avoid chewing on one side due to tooth pain? You may have a cracked or broken tooth. Whether from an accident, chewing hard food, or grinding your teeth. Your dentist can help determine if you have a small crack or a broken tooth and decide on the appropriate treatment.
Call and make an appointment with Wenatchee Dental so you can get the appropriate treatment in the early stage.
Lost A Filling Or Crown?
A lost filling or crown is rarely an emergency. But it can be painful. Temporarily, you may be able to slip the crown back over the tooth. A small amount of tooth “cement” or dental adhesive, purchased at the pharmacy will help to hold it in place until your appointment. If not, put the crown in a safe place and take it to your dentist.
A small amount of dental cement over the exposed tooth can help seal the exposed area until you’re able to see your dentist.
Many recreational and organized sports activities are high risk for dental injuries. Some of the best injury prevention accessories are helmets, face guards/face shields and mouth guards.
Many dental injuries are preventable. In addition to avoidance of direct injuries ie, minimizing falls and accidents, using protective equipment, injury prevention also includes regular dental care and maintenance.
If your family or anyone you know (they don’t have to be patients of ours) might benefit or is involved with an organization, group or team you think might benefit, you can get your FREE tooth emergency kit by contacting Wenatchee Dental at 509-663-0536 or by visiting our office.