Dentistry Essentials 101: Oral Emergencies

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Oral accidents and injuries can arise at any age at any time of any day. Even a single oral accident is enough to destroy decades of hard work with your oral health. Thus, it is important always have early emergency prevention plans in place to minimize risk factors associated with oral accidents. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to understand what you can do immediately after an oral accident to help minimize the damage that you have sustained. Here are some helpful tips to remember:

– If you’re suffering from chipped or broken teeth, it is important to save any pieces. You may be able to bind the pieces together with the help of a dental crown later on. Always make sure to remove any debris in your mouth and use gauze to cover the area for up to 10 minutes or until bleeding stops.

– Even if a tooth is completely knocked out, it may be saved in the future. Save the tooth and place it in a cell growth medium such as Save-A-Tooth. This is to ensure that it may be able to be reinserted later by your dentist. Try to reach your dentist within one hour of losing the tooth, as this will give you the highest chance of having the tooth successfully placed back into its socket.

– If you have any object lodged between your teeth, never try to dislodge hem with sharp objects. Instead, try using dental floss or similar interdental cleaners to gently remove the item. Never push too hard, or you could potentially cut your gums and scratch the surface of your teeth.

Are you ready to upgrade and enhance your smile with oral emergency treatment planning? Hector G. Menendez, DMD remains committed to your oral health, and you are welcome to schedule an appointment with us by calling 732-937-9595. Dr. Hector Menendez and our team look forward to having you visit our dentist office in New Brunswick, New Jersey.