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Are you prepared to handle dental emergencies? Dr. Steven Christensen and Dr. Chad Coombs, your Layton, UT dentists, explain what you should do if you're faced with one of these common dental emergencies.
Knocked out tooth
Lost teeth can be reimplanted in some cases if you visit your Layton dentist within an hour after your accident. After you find the tooth, rinse it with water to remove any dirt or debris. Place it back in the socket, if you can, but don't worry if you can't. If the tooth won't fit in the socket, put it in a container with your own saliva or some milk.
Teeth can break if you experience a blow to the face or if a crack weakens a tooth. Broken teeth can be restored in many cases with a root canal and crown, although sometimes extraction is the only option. Take over-the-counter pain medication and use ice packs on your cheek next to your tooth. This can help reduce sensitivity and pain until you can get to the dentist's office.
Loosened teeth also need immediate dental attention. Don't wiggle them back and forth and avoid chewing on that side of your mouth.
Abscesses, infections deep inside teeth, are also dental emergencies. These infections are often much more painful than a toothache and can be accompanied by swollen lymph nodes in your jaw or neck, facial swelling, fever, inflamed gums or a pimple on your gum. If you have an abscess you should visit the dentist as soon as possible. You'll need to take antibiotics to treat your infection and will probably need a root canal.
We're here to help you if you have a dental emergency. Call Dr. Christensen and Dr. Coombs, your Layton, UT dentists, at (801) 889-1044 if you experience any of these emergencies.
For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.
Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.
If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.
If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.
When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.
When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment.Â Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.
And as for Noah Galloway:Â In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!
If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”