Accidents are Never Expected It’s important to be prepared and know how to act in the case of a dental emergency. When the time for action is upon us, the time for preparation has passed. Understanding a few key principles now will help you be prepared for and know what course of action to take should you have a true dental emergency and this could easily be the difference in saving you time, money, and your tooth.
Step One: Frequent Your Dental Home Regularly
Regularly see your dentist and hygienist via check-ups and hygiene cleaning appointments. This affords you the opportunity to have your dentist regularly monitor your oral health and make early recommendations to keep your teeth out of “emergency mode”, which means that you are at risk of treatment becoming more costly, being in pain, or losing a tooth. Having a great relationship with your dental home inherently makes it more likely you will be able to contact them after hours, should the need arise, especially if you are a patient of Dr. Brandon Del Toro as all regular patients have been given his after hours emergency phone number via their appointment cards.
Step Two: Be Prepared
Because unforeseen and unpredictable situations can arise, you should be prepared and know how to act in certain situations as this may make the difference in keeping or losing a tooth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), gives the following suggestions for dental emergencies:
A baby tooth is knocked out…
DO NOT try and put it back in place. Contact Dr. Del Toro as soon as possible. Bring the tooth with you to the appointment though it likely will not be replanted because it could damage the developing adult tooth.
When a tooth is fractured or chipped…
Contact Dr. Del Toro immediately. Prompt treatment is required to ensure the long term vitality of the tooth. Find and bring all broken tooth fragments to your appointment. Place the fragments in saliva, cold milk or water and bring it with you to the dentist.
When a permanent tooth is knocked out…
Again, it is crucial you call Dr. Del Toro immediately. Most knocked-out teeth can be saved if you see Dr. Del Toro within 30 minutes to an hour of the accident. In the interim, gently rinse off dirt/debris on the tooth with cold water (no soap). Do NOT clean or scrub the tooth. If possible, put the tooth back in the socket and steadily hold it there with clean washcloth. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a container of saliva, cold milk, or water.
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