Many kinds of accidents can lead to tooth damage. Car accidents are one such event that may result in a chipped, loose, or knocked out tooth. It is important to remain calm and contact your dentist to arrange a timely dental evaluation and seek treatment. Prompt repairs can minimize the extent and duration of pain and damage.
You may be interested to learn that driving with your hands at the ten and two o’clock positions is no longer advised, because if airbags deploy, your hands can hit your face and cause extensive damage. It is also a very bad idea to drive with your hands on the top twelve o’clock position for this reason. To protect your teeth and drive with respect to airbag safety, position your hands at nine and three o’clock and utilize built in thumb hangers when available. Hand over hand turns have also become a danger, because they place your arms between the airbag and your face.
In the event that a tooth falls out, do not wipe the tooth. Rinse gently with water or saliva, replace in the socket and gently bite a soft cloth for transport if possible, but use caution not to swallow the tooth. Otherwise place the tooth in a small container with as much saliva as possible or cold milk. Place the container on ice and get to a dentist as quickly as possible. It is important to keep the tooth moist. You have about a two hour window to have the tooth replaced.
If a tooth is loose or chipped, contact your dentist to discuss the severity of the problem and arrange to be seen for evaluation and treatment. Your family dentist will help you determine how quickly you need to respond and advise you whether to avoid eating or limiting food selections until your appointment. Modern dentistry provides many methods to repair chipped and loosened teeth to promote healing and restored smiles.
In case you have an accident and chip, loosen, or knock out a tooth, you should contact your dentist immediately to take the best course of action to repair the damage. In the interim between the injury and a visit to your dentist’s office, you may take some steps to help foster a good outcome. If your child or someone you are responsible for hurts a tooth, remain calm and provide comfort while contacting help. It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration and discomfort. Your dentist can evaluate the severity of the harm and prescribe the best course of treatment for repairs.