When an impact to the jaw dislodges a tooth, either partially or completely, or a cracked or broken tooth is causing pain, prompt dental care is a necessity.
MW Dentistry & Esthetics may be able to salvage a badly damaged or dislodged tooth – call us now if you need help: (765) 643-5356.
How to Handle Dental Trauma
If a tooth is knocked out (avulsed), grab it by the crown (the chewing surface) and avoid touching the root. Rinse the tooth with milk, then store it in milk to keep the root moist.
An avulsed tooth may be able to reattach to gum tissue, but if an hour or more has passed since it was dislodged, the tooth may not be salvageable. We may recommend a dental implant instead.
Before Your Appointment
The pain associated with a cracked or broken tooth can be severe. A salt-water mouth rinse (½ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water) can help ease pain, reduce inflammation, and fight bacteria that could cause an infection. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications may also provide some relief.
Avoid any food or drink that may cause further irritation (acidic foods, juices, coffee, candy, and ice-cold drinks, for example).
When a Dental Emergency is Severe
Some dental trauma may require treatment in a hospital emergency room. If you have any of these symptoms, seek immediate treatment:
- Sudden dental pain accompanied by severe facial swelling
- Swelling that interferes with breathing or swallowing
- A dislodged or broken jaw
- Excessive bleeding/severe lacerations