Steps to Take if Your Teeth are Damaged After Falling Down
Posted on 7/7/2020 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
While brushing and flossing are a good way to make sure your teeth are happy, sometimes things happen that are out of your control. It's common to see tooth trauma due to physical damage rather than decay. We often help patients who experience broken teeth due to sports related injuries and even car accidents.
If you experience tooth damage due to falling, there a few things you need to know. It's possible to experience only minor damage, but even minor tooth damage can cause oral complications. Damaged teeth pose a problem because they allow more bacteria to adhere to the tooth as well as create a misaligned bite. These two things work in conjunction to cause more serious oral problems if left unchecked.
What to Do if Your Teeth are Damaged
After falling, you may experience bleeding and pain in your mouth. The first step to take is to stop the bleeding. You can use a rag you don't mind getting stained to do this. Just make sure it is clean. Place the rag at the site of the bleeding, making sure to not apply too much pressure. To deal with pain, take some over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medication and ice your mouth. This will help to stop swelling. When you put ice on your mouth make sure to keep the icepack on the outside of your mouth and to cover it with an old T-shirt. Keep the ice on your mouth for 15 minutes and then remove for 15. Repeat for up to an hour.
After you have taken care of yourself, it's important to contact us so that we can help you. Because tooth trauma can cause greater oral complications, acting quickly is the way to prevent these complications. If you have recently experienced tooth trauma, we would be happy to serve you and help repair your teeth.