Dental Emergencies and What Should We Consider

It is simply a fact that dental emergencies can happen in any place and at any time. This is especially true when it comes to those actively
Dental Emergencies and What Should We Consider
involved in sports and other contact activities. From automobile accidents to falls and intense sporting events, dental emergencies can occur at the most unexpected time. In short, dental emergencies involve any trauma to the mouth that results in fractured teeth or bleeding or lacerations. In most cases dental emergencies will require some type of immediate medical attention [1].

Seek Out Dental Care as Soon as Possible

In addition to sporting activities and accidents, dental emergencies can also result from biting on hard candy or other hard foods that cause injury to the tooth or teeth. A tooth can easily become broken, cracked or dislodged. When this happens it is recommended to seek out dental care as soon as possible. Keep in mind that a dental emergency left untreated can easily result in more serious complications and can threaten general health.

Time is Of The EssenceTime is Of The Essence

One of the key aspects of seeking out emergency dental care as quickly as possible when an accident has occurred is that it can help to prevent the permanent loss of a tooth [2]. Time is of the essence when a tooth has been knocked out. One excellent way of reducing the chances of damaging teeth or other parts of the oral cavity is to always choose to wear a mouth guard when participating in sporting activities. From recreational activities to wide range of sporting events, a mouth guard can save the day.

Never Try To Cut Tape or Tear Things Apart

As a general rule it is always recommended by dental professionals to avoid chewing on popcorn kernels, ice or any kind of hard candy. All of these items will ultimately crack teeth. It is also important to avoid using teeth as scissors. Never try to cut tape or tear things apart using your teeth. This is a sure way to cause permanent damage. Equally of concern is when the tongue becomes injured. Something as simple as biting down on the tongue or lip can cause heavy bleeding. When this happens and the bleeding cannot be stopped it is recommended to seek out dental care as soon as possible or to visit a hospital emergency room.

Walnut Creek Dental Emergencies
Cup of Milk

As an added note, any time a tooth gets knocked out, it is best to hold the tooth by its crown and rinse the root in water [3]. Never scrub the tooth or remove any fragments of tissue that may be connected. In some cases it may be best to simply replace the tooth into its socket and get to a dental care professional as fast as possible. Conversely, a tooth that has been knocked out can be placed in a cup of milk and transported with the patient to the dentist. Contact your Walnut Creek dental care provider, Dr. Darvishzadeh to learn more about dental emergencies and how best to handle an emergency when it occurs.

References:
[1] Dental Emergency
[2] Dental Crowns or Caps
[3] Learn More About Modern Dental Implant Technology