When the word ‘emergency’ is used, fear and anxiety are common emotions that quickly set in. No one wants to be in a situation where this is the case, but sometimes it is inevitable. Life can come at you fast; accidents can happen and the best thing to do is to know how to remedy a situation once you’re in it.
When it comes to tooth loss from accidents, here are the most frequent causes.
Knocked-out teeth: Severe impact from sporting activities, a fall or a sudden blow to the mouth may cause a tooth to be partially dislodged or even completely knocked out of its socket. It’s critical to act quickly and get to a dental office immediately, as a knocked-out tooth stands the greatest chance of being reattached if treated within the first 10 minutes.
Chipped or fractured teeth: A sudden impact to the mouth, biting down on hard objects or misusing the teeth, such as using them to tear tape or thread, can all cause cracks, chips or fractures to teeth. Most of such damage can be prevented by using a mouthguard during sporting activities and by being careful not to misuse or abuse teeth.
If you ever encounter a dental emergency like one of these or something worse make sure to immediately contact your Ottawa dentist so they can help you.