Seek emergency dentistry ‘for broken teeth’
If a tooth breaks or falls out people should seek emergency dentistry as soon as possible, according to one specialist.
Writing for the Stabroek News, paedodontist Dr Kiran Koora advised what people should do if their teeth are knocked out.
If the tooth is chipped but a substantial amount of the original remains, then a dentist should be able to replace the missing section with a cosmetic filling or crown, the expert explained.
However, if the entire tooth has been knocked out it is recommended that the patient places it in milk, contact lens fluid or coconut water to keep it moist and then visit a dentist immediately.
Delaying treatment could result in further injuries, Dr Koora warned, such as toothache and cuts to the mouth’s soft tissues.
The British Dental Health Foundation suggested people wear a professionally made mouthguard when playing sports to prevent damage to teeth and jaws.