Handle An Emergency, Or Try To Prevent One
- April 4, 2016
Baseball and softball seasons are underway, and many teams have recently wrapped up or soon will conclude their spring football practices.
While the thrill and the excitement of sports is a great reason for young athletes to stay in shape, it’s also an opportunity for accidents and injuries.
We don’t say this to be discouraging. We just want everyone to be prepared to respond in the event of a dental emergency. A line drive, a bad hop, or a tackle could all cause serious problems.
If you or someone you love should experience a dental emergency, we want you to know what to do. That includes calling our dentist office at 925-391-2718. The office of Robert I. Hlavac, D.D.S., is located in Concord, CA, but we treat patients from Pittsburg to Walnut Creek and everywhere in between.
How To Handle Two Tooth-Related Losses
Let’s consider the sports we mentioned above. In a flash, a baseball player or softball player could be struck in the face or mouth with a ball.
This could cause a tooth to break or a tooth to be knocked out of its socket.
Here’s what you should do if either of these situations should occur:
► Knocked Out Tooth
Let’s start with the most severe situation. If a player were struck in the mouth with a ball, it could easily dislodge one or more teeth.
If that happens, try to find the lost tooth or teeth. If you do, pick up the teeth by the crowns (NOT the root). Then rinse the tooth with water to remove any dirt or blood.
The person who was injured should rinse his or her mouth as well to remove any blood. If the bleeding continues, use gauze to absorb the blood.
If possible, place the lost teeth back in their sockets. If the teeth will not stay in place, then you will need to keep them moist by placing the teeth in a container of milk.
Call our dentist office as soon as you are able. If you are calling during our regular office hours, we can make an appointment to see you that day. If you are calling outside of our regular hours, our answering service will forward your call to Dr. Hlavac’s pager. He will call you as soon as he can.
It may be possible to place the tooth or teeth where they belong. If not, then we can look into tooth replacement options like dental implants, dental crowns, and dental bridges.
► Broken Or Chipped Tooth
If an injury causes a tooth to break into one or more pieces, then some of the steps will be the same as we described above.
If you can find the piece or pieces of the broken tooth, you need to rinse them to remove dirt or blood. Place the pieces of the tooth in a container of milk.
The person who was injured also needs to rinse his or her mouth. A broken tooth could have a sharp edge or point. This could cause the injured person to accidentally cut his or her cheek or lips. To protect against that, cover the broken tooth with gauze or dental wax until you are able to see our dentist.
Again, remember to call us as soon as possible. With a broken tooth, the treatment will depend on the severity of your injury.
Protect Your Teeth
This also is a good time to remind you about this importance of protecting your teeth during any high impact sport.
Athletic mouthguards are standard equipment in contact sports, like football. However, high impact sports can include more than just contact. Any sport that involves running, jumping, or sudden jarring movements can damage your teeth.
The best way to protect your teeth during those activities is by wearing a custom-fitted athletic mouthguard, like the ones we can make for you or your child at our dentist office in Concord, CA.
A mouthguard can’t prevent an accident from happening, but it can minimize the effect if one does happen. Wearing a mouthguard could be the difference between losing a tooth or dealing with a swollen lip.
Call For Help
Whether you are in the middle of a dental emergency or are hoping to prevent one, Robert I. Hlavac, D.D.S. can help. To make an appointment at our office, call 925-391-2718 or fill out our online form.