First Aid For Dental Accidents
What do you do if your tooth is loose or breaks off? When do you call the dentist? What can he do?
Tips for a broken tooth or molar
An accident is in a small corner. You can easily damage your teeth. Think of children playing, a fight that got out of hand, a traffic accident or an accident during sports. What to do with tooth injury?
If you have lost one of your teeth due to a blow, for example, try to find it as quickly as possible. Have someone call a dentist while searching.
In addition, the following points are essential:
- Prevent the tooth from drying out.
- If possible, place the tooth back in its place or save the tooth between cheek and molars. If this is not possible, put the tooth in a container with full milk, or if this is not available in a container of water.
- The sooner the tooth can be replaced, the greater the chance that you will not sustain permanent damage. If the dentist can put the tooth back within three hours of the accident, the chance of survival of your tooth is almost 100 percent.
- The dentist tries to hold the tooth in place by attaching it to the adjacent teeth with molars and composite wire. After about 4-6 weeks he will remove the splint and polish the teeth.
Even if one or more teeth are loose, it is advisable to go to a dentist as soon as possible. Do not try to push your tooth back yourself. The dentist will splint the tooth, just like with a replaced tooth.
The above rules apply to a broken tooth. Find the broken part and keep it carefully. Watch out for dehydration. Go to the dentist as soon as possible so that he can determine the damage.