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Do you know a dental emergency when you see one? Our Lehi, UT, dentist, Dr. David Gordon of Gordon Family Dental, discusses common emergencies and explains how you should handle them.
You experience a blow to the mouth
Blows to the mouth, whether they're caused by accidents, falls or sporting injuries, can cause four common problems:
- Loose Teeth: Teeth can become loose or even move out of position if you take a knee to the mouth during a soccer game or trip over your dog and fall on your face. Once you determine that your tooth is loose, don't touch it or chew on it during your trip to your emergency appointment. If you notice that a tooth is misaligned after a blow to the face, try to gently push it back into place. If it won't move, don't force it.
- Knocked Out Teeth: It may be possible to re-implant a knocked out tooth if you act quickly. After you locate the lost tooth, rinse it off, then try to place it back in the socket. If that doesn't work, put the tooth between your teeth and gum, or wrap it in gauze, then put in a container filled with milk or your saliva. Implantation is most successful if it occurs within an hour after your tooth is knocked out.
- Fractured Teeth: Although teeth are naturally tough, they can break if exposed to strong forces. Broken teeth can be very sensitive and may also cut your mouth. Fortunately, you can reduce your pain by applying a little dental cement, available for sale at drugstores, to the broken edges of your teeth.
Over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs may be helpful in relieving pain caused by any of these injuries.
You have an abscess
Bacterial infections known as abscesses are also dental emergencies. Abscess symptoms are difficult to ignore and typically include severe pain, swollen lymph nodes in under your jaw or in your neck, fever, gum swelling, or pus around your tooth.
Call us immediately if you experience any of these emergencies. Whether you require emergency care or want to make an appointment for a checkup, we're committed to helping you maintain good oral health. Schedule your next visit with Dr. Gordon of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT by calling (801) 766-6344.
Would you know what to do if you or a friend or family member experienced a dental emergency? Making the right decision during an emergency is important if you want to save your tooth. Dr. David Gordon, your Lehi, UT emergency dentist at Gordon Family Dental, shares information on several common types of dental emergencies and explains what you should in each situation.
Knocked Out Tooth
Falls, blows to the face and car accidents are common causes of knocked out teeth. If you've lost a tooth, you can try to put it back into the socket and visit your Lehi emergency dentist right away. If it won't fit, don't force it. Instead, keep the tooth moist, either place it between you cheek and gums, or in a small sealed container with milk.The quicker you get to the dentist, the better the likelihood that the tooth can be successfully reimplanted.
Loose or Out-of-Position Tooth
Teeth aren't always knocked out during an accident but may become loose. Often, loose teeth are moved slightly out of position. Avoid putting pressure on it or chewing on it while you're on the way to your emergency dental appointment.
Teeth can break as a result of an injury or can fracture if they're cracked. Broken teeth can be painful. Ice applied to your jaw and over-the-counter pain medications can keep the pain under control until you see the dentist.
Dental abscesses, infections inside your teeth, are incredibly painful and can cause facial swelling, increased pain when you put pressure on the tooth, fever and a small pimple on the gum near the tooth. If you don't receive antibiotic treatment, the infection can spread to other parts of your body. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help you control the pain until you see the dentist.
We're here to take care of your emergency dental needs and help you preserve your oral health with regular dental examinations. Call Dr. Gordon, your Lehi, UT emergency dentist at Gordon Family Dental, at (801) 766-6344 to schedule an appointment.
How your Lehi dentist can help you in a dental emergency
Chances are you or someone you love will have a dental emergency at some point in your life. You should be able to recognize when you are having a dental emergency and know what to do when you are faced with a dental crisis. You can suffer a dental emergency related to an accident, untreated dental issues or a sports-related injury. You will typically feel pain, experience swelling and you may have difficulty opening and closing your mouth. Whatever the cause or the symptoms of your dental emergency, Dr. David Gordon of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT wants to help you in your hour of need.
It’s important to keep a few things handy, because you might not be thinking clearly when you need help. Dr. Gordon suggests you keep a kit containing some necessary items, including:
- Dr. Gordon’s phone number
- Gauze or tissue
- Tylenol or other pain medication
- Saline solution for rinsing
- A small container with a lid
During a dental emergency, you can have injuries to your lips, cheeks, gums or face and can have damage to both the soft and hard tissues inside your mouth. Typical dental emergencies involve broken teeth or knocking a tooth out. There are some hands-on treatments you can provide immediately which may help:
- Gently clean the injured area and press it with gauze to stop the bleeding
- For tooth chips or fractures, rinse your mouth out and put ice on the area to reduce swelling
- For a loose tooth, try to adjust the tooth back into position gently, with very slight movements
- For a tooth that has been knocked out, rinse the tooth and place it between your cheek and gum to keep it moist. You can also place it in a small container of saline solution.
You should get in to see Dr. Gordon as soon as you can, so be sure and place his contact and after-hours information in a handy, visible location. You don’t need to suffer from a dental emergency when you know what to do. Take action and get some help by calling Dr. Gordon of Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT. Call (801) 766-6344 today!
Everyone knows that football players and boxers wear mouthguards to protect their teeth from injury — in fact, it's thought that this essential piece of protective gear was first developed, around a century ago, for the latter sport. But did you know that many other athletic activities carry a high risk of dental injury?
How much do you know about dental injuries in sports? Take this quiz and find out!
True or False: Of all sports, baseball and basketball are associated with the largest number of dental injuries.
True. While these games aren't categorized as “collision” sports, the damage caused by a flying elbow or a foul ball may be quite traumatic. Tooth damage or loss can create not only esthetic problems, but also functional problems, like difficulty with the bite. Missing teeth can also be expensive to fix — running up a lifetime tab of some $10,000 - 20,000 if they canâ??t be properly preserved or replanted.
True or False: In general, oral-facial injuries from sports decline from the teen years onward.
True. Sports-related dental injuries, like other trials of adolescence, seem to peak around the teenage years. It's thought that the increased skill level of participants in the older age groups reduces the overall incidence of injury. But there's a catch: when dental injuries do occur in mature athletes, they tend to be more serious. So, protecting your teeth while playing sports is important at any age.
True or False: Over 80% of all dental injuries involve the upper front teeth.
True. For one thing, the front teeth areâ?¦ in front, where they can easily come in contact with stray objects. An individual's particular anatomy also plays a role: The more the front teeth “stick out” (referred to as “overjet” in dental parlance), the more potential for injury. In any case, theyâ??re the most likely to be damaged, and most in need of protection.
True or False: Your chance of receiving a dental injury in non-contact sports is very slim.
False. Even “non-contact” athletes moving at high rates of speed can be subject to serious accidents. Activities like bicycling, motocross, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding all carry a risk. The accidents that result can be some of the most complicated and severe.
True or False: An athlete who doesn't wear a mouthguard is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth.
True. This figure comes straight from the American Dental Association. So if you want to reduce your chance of a sports-related dental injury, you know what to do: Wear a mouthguard!
What's the best kind of mouthguard? Like any piece of sports equipment, it's the one that's custom-fitted just for you. We can fabricate a mouthguard, based on a precise model of your teeth, that's tough, durable and offers the best level of protection. And, as many studies have shown, that's something you just can't get from an off-the-shelf model.
If you have concerns about sports-related dental injuries and their prevention, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Athletic Mouthguards” and “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”