As we all know, toothaches and any type of oral injury can be extre
mely painful and should be seen by a dentist immediately. Dental e
mergencies should be seen immediately by a dentist, day or night. T
hese emergencies include broken teeth, teeth that have been knocked
out, or teeth that have been forced out of the socket. With some
emergencies, the cheeks, lips, or gums will have cuts or abrasions
on them from where the teeth come out of the socket.
If you’ve had a tooth recently knocked out, the first thing you should
do is look for that tooth. When you’ve found the tooth, gently scrub
it to get rid of any dirt or debris. Once you have cleaned it, you s
hould place it back in your mouth between the cheek and gums. Whateve
r you do, you should never try to put it back in the socket. If you c
an make it to the dentist in time, he may be able to put the tooth bac
k in place.
If you’ve had a tooth come out of place, you can normally reposition it
with your fingers. You shouldn’t use a lot of force, simply because i
t could damage the tooth. You shouldn’t force the tooth into place, ra
ther try and jiggle it around. You can also use moist tissue to hold t
he tooth in place, until you can get to a dentist.
If you’ve got a fractured tooth, the treatment will all depend upon h
ow bad the booth has been fractured. No matter how light the fractur
e may be, it is very important that you get to a dentist as soon as y
ou can. Minor fractures aren’t that bad, as they can normally be smo
othed out using sandpaper. Sometimes, the tooth can also be restored
with a composite. Either way, you’ll need to make sure that you use
extreme caution with the tooth for the next few days.
The more moderate fractures, normally include damage to the dentin, p
ulp, and even the enamel. These fractures can be nothing to worry ab
out at times, yet painful with other cases. Providing the pulp hasn’
t been damaged, your dentist will be able to restore the full shape a