Although getting behind the wheel is just part of many people’s daily routine, car collisions are one of the largest killers of young people. On average, you’ll experience between 2-4 vehicle accidents in your lifetime, and even though the majority of collisions aren’t serious or fatal, you should prepare for a few harmful bumps, if you regularly choose to get in the driver’s seat.
What Should You Do After An Accident?
In event of a collision, it’s likely that you’ll sustain minor injuries. This may cover anything from whiplash to dental damage. If your oral health has been compromised in an accident, you’ll need to seek immediate dentistry treatment. And in the event of an accident that wasn’t your fault, calculate your personal injury using a personal injury calculator.
Contact your local clinician, or a professional that you’re registered with and arrange for an emergency appointment. Normally, this is an ‘out of hours’ service that provides care for unexpected medical problems.
If you’re in acute pain or your dental problem appears to be severe, bypass your local clinic and head straight to Accident and Emergency (A&E).
How Do You Know If You Have A Severe Dental Problem?
When establishing the severity of your problem, ask yourself if your face or neck has swollen up. Always be wary of swelling in this area, as it has the potential to close off your airways.
Fractured jaws are extremely painful and must be reset. Seek emergency treatment and pain-killers to help cope with the injury. You’ll need professional attention and advice for eating in the near future.
If your dental problem somehow made you lose consciousness, this needs to be investigated further by a doctor. Similarly, copious bleeding will clearly need mitigation, should you lose too much fluid.
Where possible, make sure that you swap details with those involved in the crash, before you leave the scene of the collision, and take photos of the scene. If the accident wasn’t your fault, yet you’re suffering with a serious oral condition, you can make a claim through some injury solicitors wherever your nearest locality may be.
From knocked out teeth to fractured enamel, there are many ways your oral health can be jeopardised in a car crash. If your tooth has been removed, make sure not to touch the tooth’s root, but hold it by the crown.
Gently rinse your tooth in milk or saline solution (if you have contacts), but don’t scrub the tooth. Try to push your tooth back into the socket as soon as possible and bite down gently on a clean handkerchief to keep in place.
In the event that your tooth is broken, don’t try to reattach it, but store in milk or a pot of saliva and wait until you reach a dentist’s clinic to get medical help. A professional may be able to salvage your tooth.
If your child has lost a baby tooth in the car accident, don’t try to reattach it as it may hamper the development of adult teeth.