How To Minimize The Damage Of A Dental Trauma

Dental traumas are accidents that involve the teeth or the tissues inside of the mouth. By their very nature, they cannot be prevented, as they are accidents, and there is no way to get out of them either, and no matter how well you take care of your teeth, if you fall and smash them on the pavement, then that is just what you will need to deal with.

What you do once the trauma occurs can be life saving, though, and can mean the difference between losing or keeping your teeth. Here is a guide as to what to do and not to do. 

Busted Lip, Damaged Gums

When the soft tissue in your mouth gets busted up by the teeth it protects, or by coming into contact with something hard or sharp, the first thing to do is not to panic. This can be hard, as there will be blood; there are many, many capillaries in the mouth, and the blood does not have time to congeal properly, as it is constantly in contact with digestive fluids, namelyí your saliva. The first thing you need to do is rinse the area, and make sure that only your soft tissues are damaged. Rinse with lukewarm water, as if your nerves are damaged and you rinse with cold water, you will feel unbelievable pain. Once this has been done, apply a cold compress to any soft tissue to reduce swelling,a s swelling may also cause additional pain by pressing down on the nerve. Disinfect the area thoroughly. 

Chipped or Broken Tooth

If a piece of your tooth gets broken or becomes missing, you may want to keep the piece just for reference. The most important thing to do is to cover the broken area, as the nerve will start to react to being more exposed by sending pain signals to the brain. If this has not happened yet, it will soon, so cover it with warm putty, or any other non toxic material. Rinse the area with lukewarm water to get any grime or bacteria out, and if its not too painful, rinse with mouthwash to kill any offending bacteria that may have gotten in.

Tooth Knocked Loose

If your entire tooth has come out, make sure you keep the tooth. Do not leave the premises until the tooth is found, as the doctor may be able to put it back in the opening that it came from and thus save your tooth. This will happen only if you go to the dentist immediately, and the bloodclot has not yet formed, so waste no time in getting to the emergency room. You should still disinfect the area and rinse it out, this will help. DO NOT remove any tissue you find on the tooth!!!! If you can, keep the tooth in a cup of milk until you get to the hospital.