Trauma to the face and teeth can be caused by many accidents. They may take place during sports competition, outdoor recreation, and auto accidents, or may happen in non-traumatic situations like biting into something hard. If you need emergency dentistry, remember us at Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO.
It is helpful to know if emergency dental care is necessary after an injury to the mouth or face. This will ensure your family members’ teeth are taken care of. Knowing these guidelines could save you an expensive trip to the emergency room.
Any time you have severe tooth pain due to the injury you should call for an emergency appointment. Pain can point to underlying damage and needs to be attended to promptly.
Misaligned or loose tooth
A tooth that is loose or misaligned must be dealt with urgently. The dentist can use a splinting technique to stabilize or realign the tooth. This allows time for the tooth and surrounding tissue and bone to heal and become firmly-rooted again.
A knocked-out tooth is an emergency that requires immediate attention. If the tooth (and patient) is taken to the dentist very rapidly it can often be reinserted and saved. This requires quick action. You should hold the tooth from the crown and avoid any roots. The tooth must be cleaned gently. Then the tooth should be reinserted and held cautiously in the socket.
At Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO we offer emergency dentistry. Patients from Boulder, Louisville, and Broomfield also come to our office for special services like sleep apnea treatment. Call for an appointment with us today!
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