Although oral accidents and emergencies can be common, they can also be quite serious. They may cause severe problems for your oral health, as well as your overall health. Preparation and education about accidents that may occur could be the difference in saving your beautiful smile, should a problem arise.
A familiar oral accident is biting your lips or gums. Although these are often minor accidents, they can become serious, as they can potentially lead to infection. If you are bleeding, wash out your mouth with warm water (not hot or cold, if you can avoid it), and apply a gauze pad to the wound. If the wound continues to bleed profusely after a few minutes, the wound could require stitches to close. Go to the nearest medical center for assistance.
Other oral emergencies can occur playing contact sports, eating crunchy foods or ice, or during basic daily activities. Using common sense can prevent many accidents, for example, wearing a mouthguard during contact sports, and not chewing ice at the end of a drink.
Although teeth can be damaged and cracked beyond repair, it is sometimes possible for dentists to reattach teeth that have been knocked out. Keeping the tooth or bits of a tooth moisturized is vital for future re-attachment success. Place the tooth in a tooth-saving product like Save-A-Tooth, or even milk, until you reach the dentist office. Call your dentist at 704-321-3244, explain that you have a dental emergency, and describe it the best you can. Our dental team will help coach you through what to do.
If you have a dental emergency or would like to have a professional exam from our team at Ghorshi Family Dentistry, simply schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Charlotte, North Carolina, by calling 704-321-3244. Dr. Seyed Ghorshi and the rest of our team would be glad to take care of any oral health care needs you may have!