Traumatic Dental Injuries
A common dental emergency that requires fast action is when a permanent tooth is knocked out. When you act fast, you increase the chances that the tooth can be saved. If a tooth is knocked out, gently pick the tooth up while avoiding the root of the tooth, and wash it off with water. Place the tooth back in its socket facing the correct way, and hold it in with gentle pressure as you make your way to the emergency room. If you can’t place the tooth back in its socket immediately, tuck it between the patient’s cheek and gum, or carry it in a container filled with cold milk.
Make an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible, and get in for treatment. Treatment needs to occur within six hours when a tooth is moved or loosened. If there is uncontrollable bleeding, make your way to the emergency room. The good news is that the vast majority of dental injuries are not this severe and mainly consist of chipped or cracked teeth. For chipped teeth, pick up any pieces that you can, as there is a chance that they can be reattached.