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Not all oral accidents and injuries are preventable. Because of this, you need to make sure you’re taking the necessary steps to have a prevention plan in place, and treatment plans ready to care for your smile should the worst come to pass. Even though oral accidents tend to be unlikely if you’re taking the necessary risk prevention steps, it is important always be ready just in case.

If a dental filling is dislodged, it is important to make sure you cover the cavity or exposed area of the tooth with a piece of sugarless gum or some dental cement. Do not try to put the filling back in place.

If a dental crown is dislodged, visit your dentist as soon as possible so a repair or replacement can be administered. Cover the exposed tooth with a cotton swab coated in clove oral to prevent further damage from occurring to the area. It may also be possible to place the crown back over the tooth until a replacement can be given. You can try bonding the inner surface of the crown with dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive to place the crown back over the tooth until further care can be given. However, never use super glue.

If an entire tooth is dislodged, it is essential to collect the tooth as soon as possible and place it in a liquid solution. Do not let the tooth dry out, or it may not be able to be inserted back in your mouth. If you visit your dentist within 1 hour of having a tooth knocked out, there is a good chance that the dentist can once again place the tooth back in the socket and restore its function.

No matter which oral health care emergency treatments you need, Dr. Mike Roussel and our team at My Dentist Albuquerque will care for your smile with the necessary treatments. To book an oral exam, routine checkup, or professional cleaning at our dentist office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, please contact us at 505-881-4365.