Traumatic dental injuries

A knock-out permanent tooth requires quick thinking and immediate action.

You’ll increase the chances that the tooth can be saved if you pick it up without touching the root, gently clean it off with water, and put it back in its socket facing the correct way.
Hold it in place with gentle pressure as you rush to the dental office or emergency room.

If you can’t replant it immediately tuck it between the patient’s cheek and gum, or carry it in a container of cold milk.
For a more traumatic injury such as a tooth that has been moved or loosened, treatment needs to occur within six hours.
However, if there is uncontrollable bleeding, go immediately to the ER. Fortunately, other dental injuries that happen most frequently are less severe.
The most common traumatic dental injuries are chipped teeth. If a tooth is chipped, try to find any pieces that have come off, as it might be possible to reattach them. Make an appointment for an office visit as soon as possible, and bring the pieces with you.

Traumatic dental injuries can occurs in people of all ages and activity levels. The cause might be a car accident, fall down the stairs, or and elbow to the face during a basketball game.

As with most types of dental treatment, the primary goal when creating a traumatic dental injury is to save teeth at risk of being lost, and normal appearance.
In many cases, the difference between saving and losing a tooth depends on taking the proper action in the immediate aftermath of an injury.
Here are some guidelines on how to prevent sports-related dental injuries and what to do after a dental injury occurs.

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