When people think of car accidents, they don’t necessarily picture any dental problems! But it’s more common than you think to lose a tooth or crack your enamel in a collision. Seeing as the average person will experience between two to four car accidents in their lifetime, it’s important that you know what to do if your oral health is threatened.
What Should You Do After An Accident?
Most accidents only result in minor injuries, but you’ll need to immediately seek professional dental attention, if your oral health has been harmed in the accident. Contact your local clinician and arrange an emergency appointment. Any severe oral injuries that cause acute pain should be taken seriously; in that case, go to the nearest hospital’s A&E department, instead of the dentist’s.
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How Can You Tell If You Have A Severe Dental Problem?
There are certain danger signs that you will encounter from severe dental problems and these could be potentially life-threatening, so it’s important that you get to a hospital swiftly. Is your face and neck swelling up? This is a dangerous reaction to injurious circumstances that can potentially close off your airways.
Fractured jaws are highly unpleasant and must be reset by a doctor. You will also need pain killers and advice on how you will eat until your injuries have healed.
Also seek immediate medical attention if you lost consciousness, through a dental injury. Furthermore, heavy bleeding will need to be stemmed, to ensure that you don’t lose a dangerous amount of fluid.
Make All The Right Moves
If you’re able to, and in no immediate danger, try to swap details with those who were involved in the car accident. Before you leave the scene, make sure you take a picture of the damage caused, because if the accident wasn’t your fault, you may want to claim compensation for your oral condition (evidence is crucial).
Missing teeth are common in car accidents, but relocating your tooth could prevent a permanent gap in your smile. Pick it up by the crown – not the root – and lightly rinse it with milk or saline solution – don’t scrub it though, because you’ll damage the enamel. Try to push your tooth back into the socket and bite down on a clean hankie, so it stays firmly in place.
If your child has lost a baby tooth, don’t attempt to do this, otherwise you’ll hinder the growth of adult teeth; just put in a good word with the tooth fairy instead.
Did your tooth break? Don’t try to put it back in your socket. It may be salvageable yet. Place the broken parts of the tooth in a capsule of milk or saliva and take this immediately to the dentist’s. Your dentist may be able to put your poor tooth back together and reattach it, if you are quick. Explain your situation to the clinic and hopefully they’ll give you an emergency appointment.