Dental Emergency Care Recommendations 

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When a dental accident happens, it is important to understand what to do immediately to minimize pain, prevent further damage, and ensure a speedy recovery. Costa Dentistry provides emergency dental care in Great Falls or Ashburn, Virginia. Below, we will explore some common summer sports-related dental injuries and provide essential tips to help you manage them at home.

Emergency Care for Tooth Fractures 

Participating in sports such as football, soccer or skateboarding increases the risk of tooth fractures. A fall, collision, or sudden impact can cause a tooth to crack, chip, or break.

  • If you find yourself with a fractured tooth, rinse your mouth with lukewarm water and apply a cold compress on the affected area to reduce any swelling. 
  • Avoid chewing on the broken tooth and contact our dentist as soon as possible for timely evaluation and treatment.

Emergency Care for Knocked-Out Teeth

High-impact sports like rugby or martial arts may lead to a tooth being completely knocked out. Quick action is essential to raise your odds of a successful re-implantation.

  • When a tooth is knocked out, you’ll want to gently rinse it under water (without scrubbing or removing any attached tissue). 
  • Try to reinsert the tooth into its socket, or if that’s not possible, place it in a clean container of milk or saliva to keep it moist. 
  • Time is of the essence, so seek dental care immediately.

Emergency Dental Care for Soft Tissue Injuries 

Sports that involve contact, like basketball or boxing, can cause injuries to the soft tissues in your mouth, including the lips, cheeks, or tongue. These injuries may result in bleeding and require immediate attention.

  • If you sustain a soft tissue injury, you will want to rinse your mouth with warm saltwater, followed by applying gentle pressure with a clean cloth or gauze to control the bleeding. 
  • Should your bleeding persist or the injury is severe, please seek immediate medical attention.

Preventing Dental Injuries

  • Wear Mouthguards: Custom-made mouthguards provide the best protection, but even over-the-counter options offer some level of defense.
  • Use Protective Gear: Be sure to utilize helmets, face shields and other appropriate protective gear designed for your sport. 
  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Regular brushing, flossing and dental check-ups go a long way to preventing dental issues that may increase the likelihood of injuries.

Contact Costa Dentistry for Emergency Dental Care

Being prepared and knowing how to handle dental injuries at home before getting emergency dental care is essential for minimizing pain and ensuring a speedy recovery. 

Contact Costa Dentistry about emergency care.