Broken teeth are more commonplace than people imagine. Because they put the thought out of their mind, people also tend to lack a general preparedness for this event.
Being knowledgeable about how to handle yourself in an emergency dental situation can save you time and money (and teeth) in the long run. Today, your Austin, MN dentist goes over some general rules to follow if you find yourself in this situation.
If You Aren’t Sure, ER
Before we go any further here: if you feel your injury might be life-threatening, go directly to the emergency room. Your immediate health is most important in any situation.
Beyond dental work, the ER is equipped with all the necessary tools for traumatic injuries. Some people who live in more rural areas might need to use this option, as well, if outside dental hours.
Make sure that you are examined by a doctor for any injuries of the head or neck, as well. Sophisticated imagery like x-rays and CAT scans are available there, as well.
And if you cannot control the bleeding in the mouth, an emergency room is the safest course of action. If necessary, they will even be able to administer transfusions.
So, What Do I Do?
Assuming this event does not require a trip to the emergency room, it’s time to take stock of the situation. Take a second to breathe, as increased anxiety may cause missteps.
Firstly, gather as many pieces of tooth or surrounding tissue as you possibly can find. The more recovered material that you find, the more tools the dentist has in recreating your smile. Rinse these off in clean water to try to limit bacterial growth.
If your tooth fits back in its socket, wash it off, then place it back. Try to maintain it in its natural location until you see a dentist. If this is not possible, a cup of milk or saltwater is the best way to transport these items. Note that plain water can actually do more damage to the tissue, so avoid that.
Maintaining limits on bleeding is important, as well. Find a clean piece of cloth and bite directly down on it. Cotton gauze is ideal, and it is a good thing to keep in your home for all emergencies.
Then What Do I Do?
Get to the dentist as safely and quickly as possible! The quicker you are at getting your smile back in the hands of a skilled oral professional is paramount.
ABOUT YOUR AUSTIN, MN, DENTIST:
Our team offers our patients and their family access to comprehensive dental care, including general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. To schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.