One of the most common causes of tooth loss is trauma caused by sudden impact or unexpected contact with a hard surface. If you or someone you are with experience a dental emergency due to trauma, there are some things you can do to preserve the tooth that will increase your odds of saving it.
Knocked-Out Tooth: Carefully rinse the tooth and make sure not to wash away any tissue that may be attached. Place the tooth in milk or water along with just a pinch of salt, and immediately call Las Vegas Dentist Dr. Azimi. You have the best chance of saving your tooth if you can get in to see the dentist within an hour of it being knocked out.
Chipped, Cracked, and Broken Teeth: Gather all of the broken pieces of the tooth and rinse them off in water making sure not to let them go down the drain. Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply gauze if there is bleeding. Use a cold compress to relieve pain and swelling in the injured area, and contact Dr. Azimi immediately.
Fractured Tooth: Dr. Azimi can easily fix a fractured tooth with a composite restoration procedure. Contact him within a couple of days of the injury to make an appointment.
Partially Dislodged Tooth: When a tooth gets pushed out of its natural position, the first thing to do is to manage the pain by applying a cold compress to the area then taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. Next is to call Dr. Azimi and get into see him as soon as possible.
Dislodged or Broken Crown: If your crown has fallen off, save it and give Dr. Azimi a call immediately. If it has been chipped or broken and you are experiencing pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Clove oil can also be used to soothe sensitive areas.
Soft-Tissue Injuries: If you experience a tear, puncture, or laceration to the soft tissues of your cheek, lips, or tongue, immediately clean and pack the area with gauze. If you think you might need stitches, immediately get yourself to the emergency room.