When a person suffers any type of traumatic injury, the treatment and things they do when it happens, plays a large role in how much damage their body suffers. The problem is that many people do not know what to do if something happens to themselves or to someone else. This is especially true in the case of a dental trauma. There are several things to do that can help a person recover from the dental trauma that they suffer.
Types of Dental Trauma
There are plenty of different types of dental trauma that range from the mild to the severe. While dental trauma can refer to almost any injury involving the mouth, jaw, teeth and gums, there are some types of trauma that are more common.
The most common types of dental trauma include:
Cuts and scratches on the inside of the mouth, the gums and the tongue.
Injuries to the teeth such as chips, fractures or lost teeth.
Burns to the lips, tongue, gums and the inside of the mouth.
The first steps to take in treating these types of trauma depend on what type of injury a person has, the age of the person involved and the severity of the problem.
The first step in any type of trauma is to access what the injury is. In the case of dental trauma some of the things to look for include:
Check for swelling or bleeding from the site of the injury.
Make sure that the ability to breath is not affected.
Check for other signs of a head injury, such as loss of consciousness or disorientation.
After assessing what the injury is, it is possible to take a few other steps. If there is bleeding, pressure or some type of dressing can help stop the bleeding. If the injury knocked out a tooth or part of the tooth, collect the pieces it in milk to help keep it moist. Treat minor burns by running cold water over the affected area.
In addition to taking some basic steps, the last step to do when dental trauma occurs is to contact our offices to get an emergency appointment. The sooner you treat the trauma, the better the outcome. Contact our office right away in the event of a dental trauma or for help with any other oral health issues you may have.
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