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Dental Trauma

Call us if you suffer a dental trauma

Prevent Treatment

In all scenarios, it is always in the best interest of your teeth to try and prevent any accidental trauma from happening (easier said than done we know). What this means is, if you know you will be participating in a contact sport or activity which could involve falling over (skate boarding etc), then we recommend you always try to wear protective gear for your mouth (e.g. gum shields). This is one of the cost effective ways to give your teeth that little bit of extra protection from a dental trauma occurring.

In The Event of a Dental Trauma

We understand you can be fully prepared for every eventuality but accidents can still happen. When they do, it is always good to know what you should do, acting as fast as you can.

The following information is useful tips on what to do in the event of your teeth suffering from trauma:

Broken tooth trauma

Broken Teeth/Tooth

If you have broken a tooth or multiple teeth we advise that you:

  • Carefully clean the injured site (to reduce the chance of infection)
  • Use a gauze (sterile) dressing to cover any exposed area – not a bandage
  • If you are able to find the broken tooth fragment, you can preserve it in water, and then book an appointment with your dentist right away

Loosened Teeth

If you suffer a direct hit on a tooth it can start to feel loose. If this happens, we advise:

  • Cover the affected area with an ice pack
  • Extremely carefully and gently, try to push the tooth back into its socket
  • Make an emergency appointment straight away. The quicker your tooth is stabilised, you will have a higher chance of the tooth healing and reattaching itself

Loosened Teeth Trauma

Knocked Out Tooth

If a tooth is knocked out, this is again very time critical. The quicker you are treated, the more likely it will be that the tooth is able to reattach and heal.

We recommend the following for a knocked out tooth:

Knocked Out Teeth Trauma

  • Make an emergency appointment straight away
  • Locate the knocked out tooth and carefully hold on the larger part (crown) and not the thin end (root)
  • Carefully clean off any large bits of debris, but avoid rubbing or touching the root
  • Very carefully rinse the tooth in a sink with the plug in. Do not scrub too hard and avoid the root
  • Gently attempt to put the tooth back into the socket, root first. Use a protective gause (medical covering) to cover the affected area or a tissue. This will be a temporary measure which can help stabilise the tooth till you see a dentist.
  • If its not possible to put the tooth in the socket and hold it in, place the tooth in some milk (water can kill cells on the root which are needed for the tooth to reattach)
  • Keep the tooth wet, because if it drys out it will die

Do I Need Dental Treatment?

If you have suffered a trauma to one of your teeth, please call us today and arrange your emergency appointment.

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