When you or a loved one suffers a dental injury, it can be difficult to know what to do. Some
injuries are more serious than others and may require immediate medical attention. Here are three dental injuries that require a visit to your dentist or the emergency room right away.
1. A Permanent Tooth is Lost
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it is crucial you visit the emergency room or a dentist as soon as possible. The faster you receive medical attention, the more likely you will save your tooth. When the injury occurs, the most important thing you can do is find the tooth. If found, do not touch the root but pick it up by the crown and place it back into its socket. Hold it there until you receive medical attention. Even if you can’t find the tooth, it is still important to visit a medical professional right away to receive antibiotics to prevent serious infections at the injury
2. A Tooth is Moved Out of Alignment
If a tooth is moved or misaligned in the mouth, this injury requires a visit to the dentist right away. The tooth needs to be repositioned and properly treated so it can heal correctly. If you delay or the process is not taken care of properly, you could lose the tooth or increase the likelihood of an infection. When this type of injury occurs, try to lightly move your tooth back into place and keep it in the correct position by biting it or holding it until you visit the dentist.
3. If a Tooth is Broken or Chipped
Chipped and broken teeth are common dental injuries, particularly among athletes. If a tooth is chipped or cracked, and it hurts, it should be looked at right away. A medical professional should determine how serious the injury is and what type of treatment is needed. For severe injuries, treatment such as root canals or even tooth removal may be necessary. For less intense chips or cracks, your dentist may be able to bond a substance onto the tooth to fix the problem. If your tooth doesn’t hurt after being chipped, call to schedule an appointment with your dentist but you don’t need to seek immediate medical attention. If medical attention is necessary, but it is no longer within business hours, visit the closest emergency room to make sure you receive the immediate medical treatment you need to care for your teeth.