What To Do When You Damage a Front Tooth
Summer is a time for adventure, to get outside and do the things we don’t get to do during the other three seasons: we hike, ride bikes, maybe enjoy a little pickup basketball game with the kids. We try to be careful, but sometimes even the most cautious of summer sports enthusiasts can have a moment of clumsiness and do the unthinkable: damage a front tooth. When anything is wrong with one of your front teeth, eating (say goodbye to solids) and talking (“say goodbye to solids” would become “thay goodbye to tholidth”) become problematic. If your front tooth gets broken or knocked out completely, you also have to deal with having the smile of a professional hockey player or boxer. The good news is, Waterford Family Dental Care is here to help.
The course of action you take depends on the type of damage to your front tooth or teeth. If it is:
Broken – We’re not just talking about a little chip, in this case. If a sizeable piece of your tooth breaks off, it can expose the roots and pulp, leaving you in some serious pain. You will need to see us as soon as possible to prevent further damage and total tooth loss.
Knocked Out – Expect to experience pain and a fair amount of bleeding. As you would with other injuries resulting in blood, apply pressure to your gums until the bleeding subsides. As you’re doing so, have someone help you find your tooth and place it in milk (if milk isn’t available, water or saliva will also do the trick) in case it can be saved. Contact us for emergency treatment.
Loose – Don’t get too excited; your tooth may still be in your mouth, but that doesn’t mean it’s not damaged. The tooth roots and your jaw can be affected by this type of injury, which can only be detected by a dentist. To avoid further damage (including losing the tooth), seek emergency dental care as soon as possible.
If you happen to experience front tooth or any type of tooth damage, Waterford Family Dental Care can help; we have helped countless patients preserve or restore their smiles. To schedule an appointment, contact our office today. We look forward to seeing your smile.