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Green Apple Dentistry
(02) 6921 6488

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Green Apple Dentistry
9 Sturt Street
Wagga Wagga

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STEPS TO SAVE A KNOCKED-OUT TOOTH

Wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard while participating in contact sports will help protect against painful and potentially expensive dental injuries. However, if an accident does occur remain calm and act quickly. The following steps should be taken immediately:

EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN WITH A TOOTH THAT HAS BEEN KNOCKED OUT.

Avoid the following:

PROBLEMS WITH BRACES

Braces, bands or wires sometimes break or fall off. More often, one of the parts will come loose. This can cause some discomfort. Here are a few possible problems:

BROKEN OR FRACTURED TEETH

Teeth are remarkably strong, but they can chip, crack (fracture) or break. This can happen in several ways:

When a tooth chips or breaks, it may not hurt. You may not even notice the damage right away. Minor tooth fractures usually don’t cause pain, but if a large piece of the tooth breaks off, it can hurt. That’s because the nerve inside the tooth may be damaged, and if it is exposed to air, saliva, or hot or cold foods or drinks, it can be extremely uncomfortable.
Pain from a broken or cracked tooth may be constant or may come and go. Many people feel pain when they chew because chewing puts pressure on the tooth.

Cracked (Fractured) Teeth
There is no way to treat a cracked tooth at home. You need to see your dentist. Sometimes a tooth hurts only when you eat or when the temperature in your mouth changes (because you drank something hot or cold, for example.) If your tooth hurts all the time, it may have a damaged nerve or blood vessels. This is a serious warning sign.

Broken Teeth
If you have a broken tooth, see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can figure out if the break was caused by cavities, and if the tooth’s nerve is in danger. Adults with a damaged nerve usually will require root canal treatment. In children, sometimes the damaged nerve can be saved if the dentist is able to treat the problem right away.

Until you get to the dentist’s office: