Dental injuries are quite common in the US, especially among individuals who engage in contact sports, or extreme recreational activities like skateboarding and mountain biking. It’s estimated by the ADA that up to 5 million Americans lose a tooth due to sport-related injuries every year.
To minimize your chances of losing a tooth after a serious dental injury, you must take appropriate action. Let’s explore the steps you should take to treat a cracked, dislocated, or missing tooth.
1: Stay calm. Almost all dental injuries are treatable.
It’s hard to stay calm after a serious dental injury. But modern emergency dentistry is capable of just about anything. Most dental injuries can be treated if the appropriate next steps are taken in time.
2: Dealing with the pain.
Any dental injury is going to cause quite a bit of pain. Over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be used to help reduce inflammation and mitigate pain until an emergency dentist can be seen.
Using ice can also be helpful for injuries that involve soft tissue damage. But, steer clear of any topical numbing agents. Numbing the area could cause further damage during a time when you need to be very gentle with your mouth.
3: See your emergency dentist as soon as possible.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. No matter what the severity of your dental injury is, it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Ideally, you should try to see an emergency dentist within 12 hours of your injury. Failing to do so can lead to serious dental complications, such as dry sockets, dead gum and tooth tissue, and many other problems.
Don’t delay! Dr. Naik of Priti Naik, DDS, a Vienna family dentist, offers flexible hours, same-day appointments, and comforting patient care. Her and her team are a group of experienced professionals who understand urgent care and the best treatment options for any dental injury.
If you’re in the Vienna, Mclean, or Tyson’s Corner area and suffer a dental injury, call (703) 288-1800 or visit our office at 8230 Boone Blvd #320, Vienna, VA 22182. Get the care you need and get back to your life!