London’s Clinic Emergency Tips for Injured Teeth
London dentist promotes that you should know what to do in the event that you or your child chips a tooth or teeth or knocks a tooth or teeth out. First and foremost, you should have the telephone number of your London dentist available to you at all times. Write the number in your address book, keep it in your wallet or purse, or place it on your refrigerator; as timing counts in these situations. Especially for knocked-out or severely damaged teeth, as these teeth begin to die immediately. We can’t over-emphasize enough that immediate emergency dental care needs to be received.
A chipped tooth is for the most part a common and straightforward treatable problem for your dentist. However, in the event that your child chips or knocks-out their tooth or teeth, the following instructions should be followed:
(1) For a chipped tooth, try to find the parts of the tooth that were lost;
(2) For a tooth that has been knocked-out in an accident or by trauma, find the tooth and do not touch the root portion if possible (handle it by the crown portion of the tooth). Do not clean the tooth, and if you can, place the tooth back into the socket. If you cannot place the tooth back into the socket, either place it in a cup of milk or water (if no milk is available). You can also place it into your mouth between the cheek and jaw bone area.
(3) For orthodontic braces that become damaged, you should make sure the wires and/or brackets are not sticking out. If there is anything sharp that can injure your child, cover it with sponge gauze or orthodontic wax.
Tooth/teeth injuries can occur when either the tooth itself is injured, or the adjacent soft tissues and/or pulp are injured. Although signs of injury are not overtly visible all the time, you may notice the tooth changing colour over time. It is important that you visit your dentist as soon as possible, as the tooth is most likely in danger. If your child plays sports, invest in a mouth guard. Custom-fitted mouthguards can be made at your London’s dental office!