A dental emergency from an accident can happen to anybody at any age. When we think of facial-dental injuries, we think footballers or pub-brawls or that-guy-from-“the hangover”. But in actual fact, it’s a much more common occurance, especially amongst the youngest members of our community.
Knowing what to do within the first few seconds of the injury can make all the difference.
Dental first aid for primary teeth. Better known as baby teeth or milk teeth.
*HANDY TIP* If you’re not sure if the tooth is an ‘adult’ or ‘baby’ tooth, store it in milk or saliva and bring it to your appointment. You could also take a quick photo an email it through to us once you’ve called to let us know what has happened.
Dental first aid for secondary teeth. Better known as adult teeth or permanent teeth.
*HANDY TIP* If you can’t get the tooth back in, store it in a container with saliva (from the same person as the tooth please!) or milk. Don’t wrap it in a tissue or cloth, as this will dry out the tooth.
IN SUMMARY : (brilliantly illustrated by the Australian Dental Association – www.ada.org.au )
Where a tooth is only chipped or cracked, it is still important to book an appointment. Even though the damage may be visibly ‘minor’, a thorough assessment with a dentist is necessary to reduce the risk of infection, decay or future loss of the tooth. If you are able to retrieve the broken fragments, it may be possible for our dentist to reattach the fracture fragments.
Dental Emergency 101 COMPLETED…. Now remember to floss!