Dental injuries can happen at any time and without warning. In some cases they require emergency treatment. Whether your dental injury is caused by a fall, sudden impact, sporting incident, car accident, or any other traumatic event, Brident can provide immediate dental care to treat anything from a chipped tooth to a gum injury.
Please note that if you or a loved one has suffered a significant head, neck or facial trauma, call 911 and seek immediate emergency medical treatment!
Tooth Fractures: Chipped, Cracked or Broken Tooth
Tooth fractures are among the most common and easily treatable dental injuries and include chipped, cracked or broken teeth.
A chipped tooth is a minor tooth fracture that only involves chipping of the enamel (the tooth’s outer layer). A chipped tooth does not result in bleeding of the gums or displacement of the tooth. The most common symptom of a chipped tooth is pain and irritation of the cheek or tongue caused by the chipped edges, which can be quite sharp and rough.
Brident treats a chipped tooth with a dental filling, dental crown, or by applying a cap over the tooth to restore its normal contour and protect the dental pulp.
A traumatic injury or dental stresses like grinding or chewing on hard objects can result in a tooth fracture. When you have a cracked tooth, you will likely experience pain when chewing or severe sensitivity when your tooth is exposed to hot or cold foods and liquids.
Depending on injury location and severity, there are many treatment options for a cracked tooth. If you think you have a cracked tooth, it’s important to schedule a dentist appointment as soon as possible since an untreated cracked tooth can worsen over time and lead to the loss of the tooth.
When you break a bone, you get it treated immediately. A broken tooth is just as serious. When treated quickly, Brident’s experienced dentists may be able to reattach broken pieces to your tooth’s crown or restore your tooth’s appearance using tooth-colored bonding material. In more severe cases, a broken tooth may require a root canal or other dental procedure.
It is possible to save a knocked-out tooth but every moment counts. To give our dentists the best chance of success, call Brident immediately and follow these instructions:
1. Quickly pick up the tooth (being careful not to touch the root).
2. Rinse the tooth with water (DO NOT STORE THE TOOTH IN WATER).
3. If you can, place the tooth back into the socket and try to keep it securely in place on your way to our dental office.
4. If you can’t put the tooth back into the socket, place the tooth in a glass of cold, whole milk (whole milk helps the tooth’s roots to survive).
For your dentist to have the best success re-implanting your tooth, DO NOT SCRUB THE TOOTH OR LET IT DRY OUT.
Loose teeth can be completely fixed with prompt dental care. If you experience a loose tooth, try to be seen by our dental staff within six hours to ensure the best possible outcome.
Soft Tissue Injuries (Cheek or Gum)
If you injure the soft tissue of your cheek or gum, gently remove any foreign matter from the mouth and clean the impacted area with mild soap and water. Apply light pressure to control any bleeding and then call Brident. If your bleeding hasn’t stopped within 15 minutes of the injury, visit an emergency room immediately!
Tooth pain is commonly caused by tooth decay, however it could be the result of a more serious dental condition or trauma. If you’re experiencing any form of tooth pain, we encourage you to make a dental appointment at Brident for an evaluation and possible treatment.
Swelling (Gums or Jaws)
If you’ve had a minor dental injury, quickly contact Brident to make a dental appointment.
If your dental injury is severe and/or involves significant head, neck or facial trauma, please dial 911 and seek immediate emergency medical treatment!