Accidents happen and unfortunately many people damage their teeth or jaw bone as a result. The teeth can be damaged as a result of an accident like a trip or fall, a car or motorbike accident or a sports injury. Accidents and injuries may cause structural damage to the teeth, but they may also contribute to severe pain, bleeding and inflammation.
If you suffer dental trauma, the likelihood is that you will need emergency dental treatment; if you have had a tooth knocked out or you have fallen and the tooth has come loose, try to store the tooth in a glass of cool water or milk and arrange to see your emergency dentist as soon as possible. If you can get there quickly enough, your dentist may be able to save the tooth.
If your regular dentist doesn’t offer emergency appointments, you can arrange to see a different dentist; if you want to see an NHS dentist, contact your local Primary Care Trust and they will tell you where the nearest emergency dentist is; you can also visit their website.
It’s impossible to prevent many accidents but there are some steps you can follow to try and reduce the risk of an accident happening. Accidents are very common amongst young children so make sure the corridors and stairways are clear and put safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. If you’re playing contact sport, always wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and gums; you can buy mouth guards from sports stores to mould yourself or you can have one custom-made by a dentist.
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