Dental Trauma: Everything You Need to Know

A beautiful smile is one of our most precious assets, but it’s also vulnerable to accidents and injuries.

Dental trauma can occur for various reasons, such as sports injuries, falls, car accidents or simply biting down on something too hard.

At The Waterside Dental Clinic, we’ve seen firsthand the impact of dental traumas on patients’ oral health and confidence.

In our latest blog, we discuss the importance of prevention and the steps for treating dental traumas if they do occur.

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Preventing Dental Trauma:

Wear Protective Gear

Whether you’re playing sports or engaging in any activity with potential risks to your teeth, wearing a mouthguard can significantly reduce the likelihood of dental injuries. Custom-fitted mouthguards offer the best protection as they fit snugly and provide optimal cushioning.

Avoid Chewing Hard Objects

It’s essential to be mindful of what you’re chewing on. Avoid biting down on hard objects like ice, popcorn and even pens, as they can cause cracks or fractures in your teeth.

Be Mindful of Risks

When engaging in recreational activities or sports, follow safety guidelines and use appropriate equipment. For example, wear a helmet during biking or skateboarding to protect your face and teeth in case of falls.

Regular Dental Check-ups

Routine dental visits to our welcoming clinic will allow your dentist to identify any potential issues early on and provide preventive care. This includes addressing any signs of teeth grinding (bruxism) or even providing custom night guards to protect your teeth while you sleep.

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Assessment and Diagnosis

If you do experience a dental injury, it’s crucial to seek prompt dental care. Your dentist will assess the extent of the trauma, which may include examining the affected teeth, gums and surrounding tissues, as well as taking X-rays to evaluate any hidden damage.

Restorative Procedures

Depending on the severity of the trauma, various restorative treatments may be necessary. These can range from minor repairs such as dental bonding or fillings for small chips or cracks, to more extensive procedures like root filling therapy or dental crowns for severely damaged or fractured teeth.

Emergency Care

In cases of severe dental trauma, such as avulsion (complete tooth displacement) or severe fractures, immediate emergency dental care is essential. If a tooth is knocked out, it’s crucial to handle it carefully by holding it by the crown (top part) and avoiding touching the root. Place the tooth back into its socket if possible, or store it in milk or a tooth preservation solution (your own saliva works well) and seek emergency dental care within 30 minutes for the best chance of successful re-implantation.

If a front tooth is fractured, it is essential to find the broken piece and store it carefully in milk or a tooth preservation solution (again, your own saliva works well), and bring it with you to your emergency appointment, as utilising amazing, special techniques, we may be able to reattach the broken piece, which frequently results in a much better outcome and happily, less expense. 

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Follow-up and Prevention

After receiving treatment for dental trauma, it’s essential to follow your dentist’s instructions for post-treatment care and attend scheduled follow-up appointments.

Practising good oral hygiene, wearing recommended protective gear and avoiding habits that increase the risk of dental injuries can help prevent future traumas.

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Closing thoughts

Dental trauma can have a significant impact on both oral health and quality of life.

By taking preventive measures and seeking prompt dental care when injuries occur, we can protect our smiles and minimise the risk of long-term complications.

At The Waterside Dental Clinic our mission is to provide the very best care for our patients, as well as providing them with the knowledge and resources they need to maintain healthy, beautiful smiles for years to come.

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