One of the more common dental emergencies that we see at Westbrook Dental Centre is that of a traumatized tooth.
There are a variety of situations that can occur and this is some information to help you out:
- Broken tooth
If you break a piece of tooth off it will more than likely be very sharp. Either cover the broken section with some soft wax or a small piece of gum and call your dentist to book an appointment as soon as possible.
- Knocked out tooth
Occasionally patients knock a tooth out. If this happens, acting quickly is the most important thing that you can do. Very gently clean off the tooth and put the knocked out tooth carefully inside your mouth next to the cheek, or place the tooth into a cup with some plain milk in it. Call the dental office right away and explain the situation.
- “Dislocated” tooth
Sometimes the tooth is hit in such a way that its position is changed. For small children they sometimes have a fall bumping the tooth and knocking it back and causing bleeding. If this happens, try to reposition the tooth gently back into position and then call the dental office for an emergency visit.
- Lost filling or crown
In this situation keep the area as clean as possible, do not eat on the tooth, and call the office for an appointment as soon as possible