Dental emergencies happen all the time, and they could happen to anyone. They could even happen while you’re sitting on the couch watching TV.
In most cases, dental emergencies happen because of accidents. One could lose a tooth or two in vehicular accidents. Household mishaps could also knock your teeth out, like when you trip on something on the floor, and you hit the floor face first. You can also sustain dental injuries while playing contact sports like basketball or football.
Sometimes, we suffer dental injuries because of the silliest things. It’s not uncommon for people to suffer a cracked or chipped tooth after biting down hard on a corn kernel that didn’t properly pop in the microwave. Then there are people who suffer the same dental injury while showing off to friends how they can open a bottle using their teeth.
Whatever the dental emergency, you should waste no time in bringing it to the attention of a dentist for emergency dental care, especially when it’s something as serious as a knocked-out tooth.
However, if it’s going to take some time before you can get to a dentist’s office, you have to take some measures to better the chances of restoring the tooth successfully.
If it’s a knocked-out tooth, find it and pick it up gently by the crown. Never touch the root to avoid further damage. Use water or milk to rinse it if there’s dirt on it.
You also need to keep it moist while on your way to the dentist’s office, so you can either place the tooth inside your mouth or put it in a glass of milk.
A knocked-out tooth is just one type of dental emergency. To know more about other dental injuries and ways to deal with them, check out the infographic below.