If an emergency occurs, you need the knowledge and the confidence to act quickly and efficiently. Panic and uncertainty can only slow you down and eat away precious seconds. But do you know what to do for, say, a knocked-out tooth? Even if you are certain that you do, you may gain some more confidence and self-assurance by putting your knowledge to the test and taking this dental emergency quiz from your Grand Prairie dentist, Dr. Quinn Smith.
Take the Quiz
1. True or False: You should always handle a knocked-out tooth by its root.
2. True or False: If you suffer a broken tooth, it is a good idea to rinse your mouth with warm water.
3. True or False: If a tooth is broken or cracked, cosmetic damage is your only worry.
4. True or False: You should place a knocked-out tooth back in its socket.
Check Your Answers
1. False. Always handle a knocked-out tooth by the crown rather than the root. When a tooth is knocked out. Rinse your mouth with warm water and begin searching for the lost tooth. If you are able to find it and can bring it with you to your Grand Prairie emergency dentist, Dr. Quinn, the tooth may be salvageable.
2. True. When a tooth breaks, its pulp is no longer protected from bacteria. Thus, rinsing your mouth with warm water can remove some bacteria and lower the risk of infection.
3. False. Infection is a major concern when a tooth is broken or cracked. When bacteria can so easily reach the tooth’s pulp, infection is much more likely. If a tooth becomes infected, that infection can kill it, causing tooth loss. The infection can also spread throughout the mouth and body.
4. True. Placing the tooth back in its socket will help keep the tooth’s root moist. Just remember to rinse the tooth off before replacing it in the socket. Then hurry to your Grand Prairie emergency dentist.
Visit Your Grand Prairie Emergency Dentist
Prompt care is vital in an emergency situation. If you or a loved one suffers a dental emergency, contact your Grand Prairie emergency dentist, Dr. Smith, by calling 972-262-5111. Our 75052 dental office welcomes patients from Grand Prairie, Arlington, South Dallas, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and surrounding communities.