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At Christiansburg Dental in Christiansburg, Virginia, Dr. Miller Lewis and Dr. David Kelly understand how dental emergencies can suddenly happen and affect your smile. While injuries and accidents are unpredictable, we can, however, help you be prepared in case something unexpected arises.

Due to injuries to the mouth, teeth can be knocked out or moved out of position causing them to loose and even fracture. Your oral tissues–gums, cheeks, lips–can also be cut. When an emergency happens, you can experience pain along with the trauma itself.

Your best solution to an oral emergency is to see one of our experienced dentists as soon as possible. Timing is crucial, as often seeing your dentist within 30 minutes of the injury can mean saving the tooth or losing it. So what should you do if a tooth is injured?

— First, call our team at 540-257-6995 and request an emergency appointment. Bes sure to provide us with as much detail as possible about your condition.

— If the tooth has fallen out, be careful when handling it. Hold it by the crown, never the root. By touching the tooth root you can damage the cells which are needed for reattachment to the bone.

— Next, rinse the tooth gently in water. Again, hold it by the crown and let the water remove any debris.

— If you can keep the tooth in your mouth in the socket until you are seen, the better for the tooth. You want to keep the root moist and your own saliva is the most beneficial environment for the tooth.

— If you are unable to keep the tooth in the socket, you can also carefully place the tooth in clean gauze or a clean cloth to protect it. Another beneficial solution is to soak the tooth in milk or even your own saliva in a small container. The important thing is to keep the tooth moist and protected until you are seen by our dentist.

Even though accidents happen, you can also take a few simple steps to prevent an injury from happening. If you engage in sports or recreational activities, consider wearing a mouth guard to protect your smile. Remember to avoid chewing on hard things, such as ice, hard candy, and popcorn kernels to keep from cracking or fracturing your pearly whites. And use tools, not your teeth, to cut things, no matter how tempting it may be.

Take good care of your smile, and don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns. We are here for you!