In Buffalo, many people enjoy contact sports such as hockey, football and lacrosse. As a result, traumatic dental injuries can occur. Experiencing a traumatic dental injury such as getting a tooth knocked out, whether it remains in the mouth or falls to the ground, is a medical emergency. If you have lost a tooth in a traumatic dental injury, it requires urgent action and treatment to save the tooth.
If you play high-contact sports or are otherwise regularly exposed to the potential of blunt trauma to the face, watch this video by Dr. Douglas Hamill, an experienced Amherst dentist and remember these tips to prepare for the event of an accident.
What’s Important To Know About A Traumatic Dental Injury?
When you have a tooth that has been knocked out, the first thing you should do is either put it in milk or stick it under your tongue.
Rinsing and cleaning the tooth or keeping it separate from your mouth can prevent the tooth from eventually reintegrating back into the bone.
The next thing you should do after a traumatic dental injury is to contact an experienced Amherst dentist as soon as possible. When patients contact our office with a dental emergency, we try to get them in as soon as possible. Time is of the essence in these types of injuries and the sooner we can see the patient, the better chance we have to save their original tooth.
If we see the patient soon enough, we can put the knocked-out tooth in its original socket and bond it to the adjacent teeth. This spares our patients the necessity of a root canal, which can be both costly and painful. Usually, the original tooth can be saved by following these steps.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a traumatic dental injury, time is of the essence! The sooner the issue is addressed, the more likely the tooth can be saved. Contact our office to schedule an emergency dental appointment. We also offer free second opinions where we can provide alternative treatment options and in-depth price comparisons.
We also have a multitude of educational dental resources available on our website including our comprehensive dental treatment guide and several educational dental videos.
Located in Amherst, NY, our practice has served the Buffalo area for over 20 years, and we are committed to helping our patients maintain and improve their oral health. Contact us today and let us give you a reason to smile!
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