Dr. Bradley Oldfin has achieved advanced post-graduate training in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, and Sleep Breathing Disorders. He has completed extensive training and multiple mini residencies in TMJ and Orthodontics since 2004. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) and a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (ACCP) of which he has been a member since 2005. Dr. Oldfin is a fourth year member of the CDW Chapter of the AACP and currently sits on the Institute Committee of the AACP. He is also a founding member of the Canadian Chapter of the AACP.
Here are some ways you can take care of the most common dental injuries:
Knocked Out Tooth
If a tooth is completely knocked out, it should be quickly rinsed off with water, but never scrubbed. The tooth should be held by the crown (top), not the root, so you do not damage the ligaments. In a cooperative adult, the tooth should be put back in the socket. Many people may be uncomfortable re-implanting the tooth on their own. If this is the case, be sure to transport the tooth to the doctor or dentist in saline, milk, or saliva.
Chipped Or Broken Tooth
When a tooth is chipped or broken, the first thing to worry about is how to stop the bleeding. Apply direct, gentle pressure to the affected gum area, not the tooth itself to stop the bleeding. Rinse your mouth gently with warm water and then apply a cold compress to the area. If you find a piece of the tooth, bring it with you when you go to the dentist. Use a pain killer in small doses to relieve any pain.
Over-the counter pain medications may be used while you arrange a dental appointment. Avoid cold or hot foods because this may worsen the pain. Relief may be obtained by biting on a cotton ball soaked in oil of cloves.
At our Trenton dental office we will help with Dental Emergencies as soon as possible. Please contact us immediately so we can work on keeping your smile healthy.