Like the rest of our body, our teeth are prone to accidents and injuries too.
However unlike many common scrapes, bumps and bruises that can often be treated at home, we definitely can’t repair our teeth without help from a dentist. Yet by reacting quickly after a dental accident, we can minimise the damage and increase the chances of a positive result.
What To Do After A Dental Accident
If a fully-grown tooth, not a baby tooth is knocked out, you should:
- Find the tooth
- Hold it by the crown, not the root
- If it is dirty, rinse it in milk but do not scrub it
- Put the tooth back into the socket the right way around
- Bite down on it gently to hold it in place
- Seek immediate dental assistance
- If you cannot replant the tooth, transport it to the dentist in milk or saliva
A mouthguard helps to protect your teeth, stopping a dental accident before it occurs. For the best results, have your mouthguard fitted correctly by a dental professional.
For more information on what to do in case of a dental emergency, see the Australian Dental Association’s website.
Herald Avenue Dental Centre in Willetton
In case of a dental accident, please call 9259 5774 immediately or for non urgent appointments you can also book online.