At Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic we would always recommend protecting your teeth with a professionally fitted mouth guard when taking part in contact or dangerous sports. If you urgently require an emergency dentist Stourbridge Dental & Implant Clinic will always endeavour to see you on the same day.
If you are unfortunate enough to have been the subject of dental trauma then follow the first aid tips below and contact a dentist as soon as possible.
Clean the area to prevent infection. Cover the exposed area with sterile gauze, not a bandage. If you can find the tooth fragment, preserve it in some milk and contact your dentist immediately.
If a tooth takes a direct hit it can become loose. If this happens you should apply an icepack to the area. Gently attempt to push the tooth back into its socket. Call your dentist straight away. Time is critical as the sooner the tooth is stabilised the more chance it has of reattaching and healing.
Knocked out tooth:
Find the knocked out tooth and pick it up by the wide crown of the tooth (the bit you would normally see in the mouth), do not touch the root of the tooth. Remove any pieces of debris from the tooth trying not to touch the root. Carefully rinse the tooth under cool water to clean it, again make sure you do not touch the root. Very gently attempt to put the tooth back into its socket root first, cover with a pad of gauze or tissue and gently bite down. This will help stabilise the tooth, if it is possible hold the tooth in place until you are able to see a dentist.
If you cannot put the tooth back in its socket then put the tooth in milk until you are able to reach a dentist, do not let the tooth dry out otherwise it will die. Do not use water as this will kill the cells on the root which are vital to reattaching the tooth.
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