The 5 Most Common Dental Injuries
Dental injuries can feel pretty traumatic because they are always unexpected and your smile is such an important part of your appearance. When a dental emergency happens to you and you’re near the 42501 area and looking for help, we are here to restore your comfort and smile as quickly as possible.
We treat 5 common dental injuries most often in our Somerset, KY dental office.
A Broken Tooth
You’re enjoying your lunch and suddenly, crunch! This can be painful and scary, especially when you feel those sharp tooth edges with your tongue and realize that you broke your tooth. A broken tooth can be painful, or you may not have any pain, depending on the severity of the fracture.
Either way, your tooth needs some professional attention. A fracture opens your tooth to bacteria, and since the structure is compromised, it can be at risk for an extraction. A dental crown can fix the problem and allow you to keep your tooth.
A Knocked-Out Tooth
You’re playing ball with the kids when suddenly, you miss the ball and it hits a front tooth. Or you may have had an accident that caused a fall that impacted your tooth. Not only is this painful, but it requires immediate attention. Place your tooth gently back in the socket and hold it there or place it in a small amount of saliva to keep the tissue on the tooth from drying out and contact us right away. We may still be able to save it!
A Broken Crown
A crown protects your tooth, and while they are durable, they are subject to the same restrictions as your natural teeth. A dental crown can break from teeth grinding or a hard object like an olive pit or ice cube.
We can replace a broken crown before your tooth develops further decay or an infection, as long as you contact us in a timely fashion.
A Broken Filling
A broken filling, like a broken crown, can open your tooth to the outside world including food and bacteria. Dental restorations last a long time with the proper care, but sometimes need replacing.
A Chipped Front Tooth
It is easy to chip your front teeth with a glass bottle or by biting into something hard. Dental bonding can fill in a chip to prevent it from staining or requiring decay.
We welcome you to call us in the event of a dental emergency. We treat emergencies fast – often on the same day.