Table of Contents
One of the hardest parts of having an injury due to someone else’s negligence is the high price tag that comes with it. Between lost work, physical and lab tests, specialist care, and soft compound, you can be looking at a big bill whose amount often far outweighs the initial amount of damage to your tooth.
Of course, there is usually a process and timeline of what to expect when you experience pain as a result of damage to your tooth. Read on to learn more about what to do when you have a tooth injury.
First Aid for Tooth Injuries
If you experience a tooth injury, it is important to seek professional dental care as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to reduce discomfort and promote healing.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area and reduce swelling. Use a cold compress to reduce inflammation and pain. Avoid using your teeth to chew hard foods or objects. Then, use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling.
If you have a toothache, take ibuprofen or another pain reliever and rinse your mouth with warm water. If you have a loose tooth, try to stabilize it by biting on a piece of gauze.
When to See a Dentist After a Tooth Injury
If you have a tooth injury and the injury is severe, you should see a dentist or other healthcare provider as soon as possible. If you have a chipped tooth, try to find the piece of the tooth and bring it with you to your appointment.
Treating a Knocked Out Tooth
If you have a tooth that is knocked out, you should try to put it back in the socket. If it is not possible to put the tooth back in the socket, you should store the tooth in a cup of milk. Your dentist will need to take special measures to ensure that your tooth is properly re-implanted and that you don’t experience any further complications.
Time is of the essence when it comes to a tooth injury.
If the injury is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth. Take ibuprofen to help with pain and swelling. Finally, see your dentist as soon as possible.
Repairing a Broken Tooth
If you have a broken tooth, your dentist will need to evaluate the extent of the damage and decide if the tooth can be repaired or if it needs to be extracted. If the tooth can be repaired, your dentist will do a root canal procedure to clean out the damaged tissue and then place a crown over the tooth to protect it.
If you have a chipped tooth, your dentist will also need to evaluate the extent of the damage and decide if the tooth can be repaired or if it needs to be extracted. If the tooth can be repaired, your dentist will use bonding material to build up the tooth and then shape it to match your other teeth.
Preventing Future Tooth Injuries
Prevention is always the best medicine, so be sure to take measures to protect your teeth from injury, such as wearing a mouthguard when playing sports.
A tooth injury can be a scary experience, but by following these steps, you can help ensure the best possible outcome.
Looking for more tips and advice on dental hygiene and treatment? Check out our blog for all the insights you need.