The injuries to the mouth are extremely serious. This type of injuries can include knocked out, forced out of their normal position, or fractured teeth. Furthermore, it is possible that when you injured your teeth, you also injured your gums, lips, and cheeks. Oral injuries hurt a lot and should be treated as soon as possible by a dental specialist.
When should you see a dentist?
If you suffered an oral injury, you should see your dentist immediately. Depending on your injury, 30 minutes can make a big difference and could mean saving or losing your tooth/teeth. For example, if you dislocated a tooth, going to the dentist immediately could save the tooth. A chipped tooth, on the other hand, does not require an immediate visit to the dentist, and you could schedule an appointment to treat your tooth in a couple of days.
What if you knocked out a tooth?
The first thing you should do if you suffered such an injury, is to contact your dentist to schedule an emergency appointment. Be careful in handling your tooth. You should only touch it by the crown and be careful not to touch the root. By making contact with the root, you will damage the cells that are necessary for the bone reattachment procedure. If there is any residue on the tooth you can remove it with water, but avoid scrubbing it. Place the tooth in the socket to help keep it moist. If that is not possible, you can just hold it in the mouth. And if not even that is an option, you can wrap it in a clean cloth soaked in milk or saliva.
What if your tooth is fractured?
If you fractured your tooth, you should firstly rinse your mouth with water. You can use cold compresses or an ice pack to help reduce the swelling and use ibuprofen (avoid aspirin) for your pain. Contact your dentist as fast as possible and schedule an emergency appointment. The dentist will determine how badly your tooth is broken and what the next step should be.
There are three types of dental fractures:
- Minor, where the tooth can be just left alone or smoothed out by your dentist.
- Moderate, when the damage is done to the enamel, dentin, and pulp.
- Severe, when the tooth is traumatized so badly that there are slim chances of recovery.
What if the mouth tissue was injured?
The injuries you suffer inside the mouth can be puncture wounds, tears or lacerations of the lips, tongue, or cheeks. You need to clean the area immediately with warm water and go to the hospital for emergency care. Cuts to the tongue can be reduced if you pull the tongue out and place pressure on the wound with a gauze.
If you are in need of a dental emergency, it is best to contact your dentist as soon as possible and ask them what you should do. The dentist will tell you how to handle things properly so the damage will be minimal.