Tooth Trauma

Dental Trauma Dentist in Derry, NH

Emergencies happen, and rarely are they convenient. This holds true with accidents and injuries that cause dental trauma. Dental trauma can be a harrowing experience. It’s hard to know what to do, especially in the heat of the moment. That’s why Vanguard Dental Group is here for you. If you or one of your family members are experiencing any form of tooth trauma, you can come to us for answers and high-quality care.

Girl experiencing tooth pain

What Should I Do If My Tooth Gets Knocked Out?

An avulsed tooth—or a tooth that has been knocked completely out of its socket—needs to be examined as quickly as possible. Follow the steps below, and then come see us.

  1. Call us immediately! The sooner we can work with the avulsed tooth, the more likely it is that we’ll be able to save it. 
  2. While waiting for your appointment, hold the avulsed tooth by the crown only, and do not touch the root.
  3. Gently rinse the tooth and the empty socket.
  4. If possible, place the tooth back into the socket until you can get to our office.
  5. If placement is not possible, put the avulsed tooth into a container with milk, and bring it with you to our office.

What Should I Do If My Tooth Gets Broken or Chipped?

This type of dental trauma can range in severity. If the chip, break, or crack is deep, then you will want to contact our office right away to discuss your treatment options. However, most damage of this kind is not an emergency. Making an appointment when it’s convenient for you is perfectly fine, and will generally not result in any further tooth damage. Just make sure that the tooth trauma is eventually addressed. If you have experienced a crack, break, or other tooth trauma, follow these tips to take care of the issue until you can come into our office.

  1. If there are any sharp edges, cover them with something protective, such as orthodontic wax. This will prevent further damage to the rest of your mouth.
  2. If any tooth pieces have come off completely, gather them up, rinse them gently, and bring them with you to the office. 
  3. Use gauze or cotton balls to put pressure on any bleeding that may occur.

Vanguard Dental Group Is Here to Help!

Whatever the dental trauma or damage that has occurred, our office stands ready to answer all of your questions and provide you with quality emergency dental care. If you have tooth trauma, don’t hesitate to contact us!