Displaced or Fractured Tooth
A tooth fracture or its complete loss can occur due to injury, accidents, or even after a procedure, such as endodontic therapy. It’s essential to protect your teeth by wearing a customized mouth guard if you engage in contact sports, such as football, soccer, or martial arts.
When you experience a tooth loss due to an accident, make sure to preserve the tooth by creating optimal moist conditions. Pick up your lost tooth by its crown without touching the root, rinse with water, and carefully insert it back into your socket. Other methods include placing your tooth between your cheek and gums, in a glass of milk, or utilizing a specialized tooth preservation product. When all the vital steps are taken, call our after-hours answering service for further instructions. The same principle applies to your child’s knocked-out permanent or baby teeth. Avoid placing your child’s tooth inside their mouth, and preferably keep it moist at all times, implementing other tooth-preserving techniques. A tooth is a choking hazard for young patients. Saving your tooth requires immediate action, so do not hesitate to contact our office right away.
A cracked tooth is not only a cosmetic defect. Many times, the fracture can directly impact your jawbones and soft tissues. If you break your tooth, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and place a cold compress on your face to minimize or prevent swelling. If you experience substantial pain related to the injury, contact Great Lakes Dental Excellence as this can be a sign of further damage that requires immediate attention.