Trauma / knocked out tooth
Emergency care during hours
Wagga family dentist will prioritise your care in case of an emergency. Our trained dentists will be able to quickly determine the root of your pain and decide on appropriate treatment to relieve symptoms.
Chipped or broken tooth
A chipped or broken tooth can cause extensive pain throughout the mouth. Visiting your dentist is important as they can determine the severity of the fracture. If you have broken your tooth recently and have the fragment, bring it to your appointment and we can re-attach it to the tooth, if it is suitable.
Knocked out (avulsed) or loose (subluxated) adult teeth
Sport-related accidents are overwhelmingly the most common reason for teeth becoming loose or being knocked out. If your tooth has been knocked out there are several steps you should take to maintain its integrity and allow for successful re-bonding.
- Touch only the crown (top part of the tooth.)
- Ensure that the root is never touched - this is an extremely delicate part of the tooth, crucial to successful functioning.
- Place the tooth in saline, milk or saliva to keep it moist. If you are able to, place the tooth back into the socket as this is the most successful way to ensure re-attachment. You could also place the tooth in between your tooth and gum but be careful not to swallow the tooth!
- Get to your dentist ASAP!
- Studies have shown that the quicker the reintergration of the tooth (within 30 minutes of it being knocked out) the better the chance of it surviving.
The most important protective measure you can take is to wear a mouthguard whilst playing any type of contact sports.
First aid for children
Loosing teeth can be a very traumatic experience for children. It is important to keep them calm and follow the steps below:
- With water, wash the wound.
- Place cotton wool or gauze on the wound and place pressure to stop bleeding.
- See your dentist to determine the cause of bleeding and ensure there are no fractures.
- Make a follow up appointment, if required.
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