Preserve the Tooth from the Most Common Dental Emergency
Vancouver dentistry professionals observe that tooth injury is the commonest form of a dental crisis in kids. A child can suffer a blow on her face during a fight/sport, or simply due to a fall to the ground. This event results in fragmentation of teeth/tooth. A hard blow can end up in smashed or cracked teeth or jaw bone fracture, which causes dental trauma. However, a child’s tooth can be saved if parents administer the required first-aid to the child. The child must be rushed to the closest pediatric dentist since they are best to judge and re-implant a kid’s tooth. He can prescribe pain medication for immediate relief.
What urgent steps should be taken when a child suffers dental injury?
When a child’s teeth are knocked out, they experience excruciating pain. A cold compress can be placed on the mouth and gums to alleviate the pain. In an event of bleeding in the child’s mouth, it is necessary to press gauze directly on the affected area to stop it.
Once the child is stable, parents must do the vital task of preserving the kid’s broken tooth since a well-conserved tooth has greater chances of being implanted again in your child’s oral cavity. Not many people know that the tooth should be handled only by its crown, meaning the chewing edge, in such emergencies.
Here are some important tips that will help parents preserve and carry a tooth to the dentist:
1. A moist tooth remains protected. Take a small bowl of lukewarm milk or salt water and place the broken tooth and remaining tissue pieces in it. Alternatively, if the child is not in much pain and old enough, you can ask her to hold the tooth under her tongue till the child awaits her turn at the pediatric dentist.
2. If you have managed to find the complete tooth at the accident site, remember not to scuff the root of a tooth to clean dirt. Wash the tooth gently with plain water. Then make an effort to position it back in its socket, adjusting its level with the neighboring teeth in your child’s mouth. Ask your child to bite on the tooth tenderly using gauze so that it remains in place. Remember that the child must be warned not to swallow the tooth.
A few Vancouver dentistry clinics also recommend using a tooth-storage device for broken teeth known as Save-a-Tooth or EMT Tooth Saver. It includes a tooth travel case and fluid solution for holding the broken tooth/teeth. In any case, parents must remember that it is imperative to rush the child to a pediatric dentist without wasting any more time. This is the best way to preserve your child’s tooth after a dental injury.
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