Dental Damage and Treatment After a Car Accident
Car accidents are the biggest killers of young people in the UK. Between 7 and 8 individuals die in a collision every day.
To give you a more startling figure, that’s 2,500 every year that perish in vehicle-related accidents which have been mainly as a result of speeding offences. If you get behind the wheel regularly, you’ll experience between 2 and 4 incidents in your lifetime. Although the majority of collisions aren’t serious or lethal, that does mean several harmful accidents will occur to you. So be prepared.
What to Do After An Accident
More likely than not, after a car accident, you will have minor injuries. You’ve probably heard a lot about whiplash, but what about dental damage? When your oral health is at risk, you need to immediately seek dentistry attention.
Organise an emergency appointment at your dentist’s. However, if things are severe and you’re in a lot of pain, go straight to A&E.
Where possible, try to exchange details with all those involved in the crash and take photos of the incident. Obviously, in serious collisions, you may not be able to do this.
How Can You Identify Serious Symptoms?
If you have facial or neck swelling, always err on the side of caution, as this can potentially cut off your air supply by closing your airways.
If you suspect that you have a fractured jaw, you’ll need to have this reset. As this is extremely painful, you will be given some painkillers to help you cope. Pay attention to your medical assistant, as he or she will need to advise you on eating in the future.
Always be suspicious of any oral injury that made you lose consciousness. This needs to be further investigated. As does copious bleeding. Even if the injury isn’t life-threatening, losing a lot of blood is.
Although knocked out teeth won’t hurt you (unless you swallow them), aesthetically, it’s not the best, and depending on how many you lose, it could make eating more challenging. Whether you’ve lost teeth or your enamel is fractured, there are procedures that can help remedy the situation.
When picking up your teeth, always hold them by the crown; not the root. Gently rinse it in milk (or saline liquid, if you have contact lenses). Don’t scrub. As soon as your tooth is clean, try to push it back into the socket and bite down gently on to a clean handkerchief, so it doesn’t budge.
However, if your tooth is broken, clean it and store it in a pot of milk (or saliva). Get to the dentist’s as soon as you can. When all hope may seem lost, they could still be able to save your tooth, so don’t despair just yet.
If your child loses a baby tooth, don’t try to reattach it. Obviously, they will grow adult teeth and pushing the tooth back will hamper adult teeth development. One of the benefits of being young – back-up teeth!
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