Dental injuries are caused by a variety of causes, including sports injuries, car accidents, fights, falls, and so on. These injuries, which range from minor fractures to tooth loss, require immediate attention.
Suppose you are experiencing unusual bleeding, swelling, or severe pain. In that case, you are in a dental emergency, and you have to visit the emergency dentist as soon as possible to avoid severe complications in the future. Before visiting the dentist, knowing the essential first steps plays a very important role in the success of treatment.
Different Types of Dental Injuries
Dental injuries are generally divided into the following types:
- Tooth fracture (which can be accompanied by the opening of the tooth nerve)
- Mobility of a tooth (Subluxation)
- Root fracture
- The tooth is pushed into the bone (Intrusion)
- The tooth is pushed out of the bone (Extrusion)
- The tooth is displaced, and the surrounding bone is fractured (Lateral Luxation)
- The tooth is knocked out (Avulsion)
- The tooth is loose
What to Do in Dental Emergencies?
Here are some essential steps to take when a dental emergency occurs.
– Step 1: Maintaining composure
In order to choose the right solution, it is very important to keep calm. When you are anxious, the information you give your emergency dentist may be inadequate or incorrect, and this will negatively affect the treatment process.
– Step 2: Find the broken piece
Finding the broken piece of tooth and taking it to the emergency dentist play a very important role in the healing process. Because in many cases, it is possible to reattach the broken piece. Moreover, if the permanent tooth is knocked out, the patient should put the tooth in a glass of milk or his/her saliva and then take it to the emergency dentist.
– Step 3: Rush to the emergency dentist
The patient should be examined by an emergency dentist right after the injury, even if there are no warning signs of the emergencies, as the injury may have caused damage to the tooth root. The sooner treatment is started, the better the chances of successful treatment. Sometimes patients visit the dentist a few days or weeks after the injury, and this can complicate the treatment process or cause severe complications. The dentist will begin treatment after examining the condition of the tooth and preparing appropriate radiographs according to the type of injury.
Injuries to Deciduous Teeth
If the trauma has resulted in damage to the deciduous teeth, the child should be examined immediately by a dentist. But one of the important things that parents should be aware of it is that if the baby’s milk tooth is completely out of its cavity, the tooth should not be reinserted in its original position at all. Because this will damage the bud of the lower permanent tooth. Please keep in mind that the goal of the treatment in the case of pediatric dental trauma is to save the adult or permanent teeth.