Omaha, NE (PRWEB) September 19, 2012
Emergency Dental Care USA joins the National Safety Council in celebrating National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 16-22, 2012.
Working with farm animals and heavy machinery increases the risk of a tooth being knocked out, says Michael Obeng, D.D.S. If that happens, most dental experts advise you to get to a dentist within 30 minutes so the tooth can be reimplanted.
In reality, most people can’t get in to see the dentist that quickly, Dr. Obeng noted.
“The odds of getting to a dentist and being seen 30 minutes after a tooth is knocked out are pretty low,” said Dr. Obeng. “Usually if someone is in an accident or in a fight, they want to go to the emergency room first and take care of other problems.”
Reimplantation did work for one of Dr. Obeng’s patients who lived about 60 miles away from the Emergency Dental Care USA office in Omaha.
“She had been kicked in the face by a horse,” Dr. Obeng said. “We repaired her teeth and rechecked them every two to three weeks. As far as we can tell, it worked.”
If your tooth is knocked out:
- Find the tooth and gently rinse it off, if necessary. Don’t remove the fibers around the tooth.
- You need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Call your dentist office before you leave to let them know about the emergency. This will give them time to clear a space for you in their schedule, and they’ll be ready to treat you as soon as you arrive.
- Placing the tooth in your mouth to carry it to the dentist’s office is an option if this can be done safely. If possible, place it back in the socket from which it was knocked out. Alternatively, you can place the tooth in a clean cup with your saliva or milk. Cover the cup before leaving. The idea is to have the avulsed tooth in something biocompatible to allow the tooth to remain in something close to its natural environment.