If you’ve suffered a hard blow to your mouth that knocks out or severely damages a tooth, the pain and related symptoms often require a dentist’s treatment. While you’re making your way to our dental office in Chincoteague, VA, there are a few things you can do to help manage discomfort.
First-aid often starts with assessing the severity of the dental trauma by looking in the mirror. If blood is obscuring your view, you can clear it with a gentle salt water rinse. If your gums are bleeding excessively, you might want to pack the area with sterile gauze. If the tooth was knocked out cleanly out of the socket, our team might be able to implant it back into the socket. For this to even be possible the tooth must be completely intact and kept alive.
You can briefly keep the tooth alive by holding it between your teeth and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products sold in stores that can do an even better job at maintaining the health of the tooth. This is a canister filled with specially formulated Hanks Balanced Salt Solution. The gel and dissolved mineral will keep them alive long enough for our team to determine the best treatment method.
If the tooth is fractured at the gum line, our team can try to treat the dental trauma with a root canal. Unfortunately, in a case of severe dental trauma, we might recommend extracting the root of the tooth. Once your gums have healed, we can help you decide if you would like to replace the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.
If you live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia area and you or a loved one has just suffered a severe dental trauma, you need to call 757-320-1750 to seek emergency treatment at Morrison Dental Group today.