Nobody likes to make a visit to an emergency dentist -- it's inconvenient, painful, and time consuming. However, according to an AACD survey, virtually all adults (99.7%) surveyed believe a healthy smile is socially important, and making sure your teeth are well taken care of even in the event of an emergency can make all the difference in maintaining their appearance for years to come. Here are just a few common myths surrounding emergency dental procedures.
If your tooth falls out, make sure to keep it dry.
This is a dangerous misconception that can cause the tooth to become irreparable. If your tooth falls out suddenly due to an accident or injury, experts recommend say you can put it in a number of different liquids to stay moist and in good health. Milk is a good suggestion, but if it isn't available, a cup of water with a pinch of salt will work as well. Ideally, you should put the tooth into a product containing cell growth medium. When preserved properly, your tooth has a good chance of being returned to its socket and will remain in good health if you can get to an emergency dentist within an hour.
If you have braces and a wire breaks, carefully cut the wire to keep the braces in place.
This may seem logical, but only a professional orthodontist should ever work with the mechanics of your braces. In fact, if you attempt this method, you may end up swallowing or even inhaling the tiny piece of cut wire. Instead, experts suggest using the eraser end of a pencil to reposition the wire to a more comfortable position. You can also use orthodontic wax provided by your dentist. Most importantly, make sure to see your orthodontist as soon as possible to correct the issue.
If a crown falls off of a tooth, it's safe to use superglue as a temporary adhesive.
Finally, this myth is a little ridiculous, but it exists. Reinstalling a crown isn't something you should ever attempt on your own. If your crown ever falls off, make an emergency dental appointment and bring it with you. If the tooth is sensitive or painful, it can be soothed using a cotton swab and a small amount of clove oil.
Ultimately, being aware of these emergency dental myths can help you keep your mouth as safe and healthy as possible. For more information about dental veneers and dental implants, contact Dental Arts.