Summerlin, Las Vegas, and Henderson Nevada
Accidents can occur at any time, and unfortunately, can sometimes mean damage to your mouth. Whether you knock a tooth loose or crack it, today Dr. Wilson, your dentist in Las Vegas, NV 89102 will explain some ways to deal with a dental emergency. By following these steps, you can be better prepared and know how to handle these stressful situations so that your follow-up treatment and restoration is as successful as it can be.
Please note, for any more serious injuries- please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 or visit a hospital immediately.
Losing a tooth as a child is a rite of passage. Losing a tooth as an adult can be quite traumatic. No matter how the tooth becomes dislodged, an important first step is to locate it and gently rinse it off. Make sure not to scrub or remove any tissue that may still be attached. This tissue can play an integral role in the replacement of the tooth in the mouth.
Speaking of replacement, if possible and if you are comfortable, try placing the tooth back into the socket. Make sure not to twist or force the tooth in, and only really attempt this if you are say, in route to our Las Vegas dental office. Otherwise, if you have made an appointment for tomorrow with Dr. Wilson, place the tooth overnight in a glass of milk.
Broken teeth can also result from a wide variety of circumstances, and never be fun. Just as you would with a tooth that has fallen out, locate any major shards of the tooth and wash, not scrub, them off. Then make sure to wash your mouth out with warm water to rinse away any lingering sharp shards of the tooth still in the mouth. Place ice on the area of the face that received trauma and as hard as it may be, do not poke or prod at the area of the break. The tooth can be extremely sharp and cause lacerations to the tongue or surrounding tissue.
After following these steps, make sure you, or a friend or loved one for you, calls your dentist in Las Vegas NV 89102 to schedule an appointment right away. We can assess the damage and devise the best plan for immediate restoration that suits your needs.
You can reach our office by calling (702) 331-4700 today.