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How to Deal with Dental Injuries

Over the course of time you can be involved in a number of accidents for many different reasons that cause your teeth to be broken, knocked out or moved out of their original position. This can be very painful and have a knock on effect, so it is important to know what to do if this happens to you.

What to do with a tooth injury

If your tooth has been knocked out you will need to visit your dentist as soon as possible to try and recover your tooth. If you are in possession of the tooth it is important to make sure it has been cleaned well to remove any dirt, but don’t scrub the tooth too hard to prevent any further damage. Once this is done keep the tooth between your gum and cheek, but don’t try to put it back where it came from. If this isn’t possible keep it in a clean cloth and place it in milk. Once this is done try to get to a dentist within half an hour, as it may be possible to repair the tooth.

For teeth that have been knocked out of place, apply a gentle pressure with your finger to realign it, but do not pressure it back into the opening. Once again it is important to get to a dentist within half an hour to see which treatment is required; this will be based on how serious the injury is by your dentist.

For tooth fractures it is important to get to the team at Advance Dental Clinic quickly so we can determine the seriousness of the fracture and what to do in order to save it, as there are different procedures and definitions for small, moderate and serious fractures. It is important to note that there is usually a very limited possibility of saving a serious fracture.

What To Do About Dental Injuries

Facial injuries may occur during an accident, causing mild to severe tooth damage. Dental trauma can arise from tooth decay and gum disease.

Typical dental injuries include:

  • Tooth fractures and breaks
  • Dental avulsion and extrusion
  • Impacted teeth

Tooth fractures may occur due to weakening of the tooth structure, such as from enamel erosion. Dental enamel can become eroded from foods high in sugar and acids, improper teeth brushing, teeth grinding, and over-bleaching. Fractures can also occur as fine splits in the tooth that may be filled with dental composite to restore the tooth.

Certain fractures expose the inner tooth dentin and dental pulp, requiring a dental crown to strengthen tooth structure. Severe fractures or breaks may require dental extraction if the tooth cannot be saved through dental restoration. The missing tooth can be replaced by a bridge or dental-implant supported crown.

Accident or injury

Dental avulsion is a knocked out tooth. Extrusion occurs when the tooth is knocked out of position. The tooth may be entirely or partially knocked out of its socket. By gently pressing the tooth back into the socket while en-route to the dental emergency appointment, the dentist may be able to save it.

Impacted wisdom teeth may misalign neighbouring teeth, requiring extraction of the wisdom teeth and orthodontic care for remaining dentition.

Preventing dental injuries

Advance Dental Clinic in Essex recommends that athletes  involved in contact sports wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth from damage. Night guards are often prescribed for those with teeth grinding habits to protect their teeth from weakening or breakage.

Practising regular dental hygiene and attending scheduled six-monthly dental check-ups, including professional teeth cleaning, keeps infection-causing agents at bay and prevents tooth damage.

Dealing with a Dental Injury

We know all too well that accidents and injuries can happen when you least expect them and that is why we provide an emergency dental care service. If you have an accident, experience severe dental pain or have lost or broken a tooth, we aim to have you pain-free within 15 minutes.

Emergency dental injuries

Dental injuries come in various forms, from fractures and dental abscesses to severe dental pain and teeth that have been knocked out. If you are in pain or need urgent dental care, you can rely on us.

If you have severe dental pain, you need help. We know how unbearable toothache can be and the faster you get treatment, the quicker the pain will ease. Possible causes of tooth pain include infections, abscesses and fractures.

Once we have examined the tooth, we will discuss the treatment options with you and try to ease your pain as quickly as possible.

Dental abscesses are very unpleasant and the quicker they are treated, the better. Abscesses need to be drained and removed and we will do this for you and ease your discomfort as quickly as we can.

What to do if you lose a tooth

If you lose a tooth playing sport or are involved in an accident, contact us as soon as you can and we will fit you in. Find the tooth and clean it, holding the crown section, rather than the tooth root. Hold the tooth between your gum and the inside of your cheek or place it in a glass of milk. If your child has lost a tooth, do not tell them to hold the tooth in their mouth as this carries a risk of choking.



Protect damaged teeth with dental crowns from Chelmsford dentist

Sporting injuries and car accidents are some of the most common causes of head traumas that lead to dental injuries. Chipped, cracked or broken teeth can be very painful and responsible for years of subsequent dental problems if not treated correctly. One option for fixing a damaged tooth is to use composite resin. This involves making a tooth-coloured resin and applying it to the damaged area. When sculpted into the desired shape a dentist will set the resin firm with the intense heat of a laser. Dental bonding is tough and durable but on certain occasions the damage may be too great to treat with bonding. For example, if the structural integrity of the tooth has been damaged then no amount of dental bonding will be able to save it. In this instance, the dentist will need to repair the tooth using a dental crown. A crown is a ceramic cap that fits over the top of a damaged tooth, protecting it from any further damage while simultaneously restoring its aesthetic appearance.

Dental crowns have a variety of uses in dentistry and are used for more than just repairing damaged teeth. Crowns are also often used to hold dental fillings in place as well as to cover repair work from procedures such as root canal surgery. A crown can be an invaluable defence against further damage to weakened teeth.

Dental crowns are commonly made from porcelain, a type of ceramic that resembles the translucent appearance of tooth enamel. Modern crowns are manufactured with the use of computer-aided technology. Dentists use the very latest in 3D and digital x-ray technology to project an exact image of the patient’s teeth. They can then use a computer to design and manufacture a dental crown from a single piece of porcelain in as little as six minutes. This new computer process has removed the need for extensive dental moulds and x-rays which increased the treatment time involved in a dental crown. Computer manufacture has also radically improved treatment time and accuracy.

A Dental crown is an effective way of keeping teeth that may have otherwise been lost. They can strengthen a weakened tooth and restore its original appearance. If you have a damaged tooth or a filling that is loose and causing you pain, make an appointment to see a Chelmsford dentist and ask about the benefits of dental crowns.

Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation.