Are you familiar with any common oral emergencies that may occur to your smile? An oral emergency happens when immediate damage occurs through an accident that you have very little control over. Although accidents can’t always be prevented, there are treatment plans that you can be immediately applied to help improve your chances for recovery. In some situations, you simply need to stem the damage. With others, additional care will be required.
Understanding risk factors associated with dental emergencies include being aware of what to do if you should ever lose a dental filling or a dental crown. If a dental crown ever falls out, it is important to make sure that you cover up the vulnerable tooth with a cotton swab dabbed in clove oil. If a dental filling should ever fall out, you can cover up the susceptible tooth with dental cement or chewing gum.
Improving your smile includes taking care of any teeth that have been knocked out. If an oral emergency arises where a tooth has been knocked out, you will need to collect the tooth, so it can be inserted at a later date. Soak the tooth in a liquid solution and bring it in so your dentist can reattach it.
If you’re ever involved in a situation which you have something stuck between your teeth, never try to pry it out with a sharp object or pin. Instead, use interdental cleaning tools such as dental floss or a water flosser to gently detach the offending object.
Do you wish to learn more about oral accidents and injuries and their effect on your smile? If so, please call (757) 827-9114 to schedule an appointment with LeJeune Family Dentistry at our dental office in Hampton, Virginia, for your oral health care treatments. Dr. Barry LeJeune and our expert team want you to come on in to learn more about your options to get the bright and healthy smile you’ve always wanted!