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Mt. Lookout Dentistry Warns Patients About Dental Traumas And Treatments
CINCINNATI, OH – The summer season means outdoor sports and activities, because who wants to stay indoors when it is so nice outside? While various summer sports and activities are fun to compete in, they can also pose a risk to a person's teeth. As with any sport, dental trauma can occur, which is why the team of Cincinnati, OH dentists at Mt. Lookout Dentistry are offering an inside look at different dental traumas and what to do.
A Knocked Out Tooth
When an athlete loses an entire tooth, it is referred to as an avulsion. Replantation is critical within the first 5-10 minutes. In cases where your tooth is knocked out, minutes do matter, which means you shouldn't wait to seek treatment. If the root of your tooth has debris on it, it is important to rinse the root with water. On the other hand, if the root appears to be clean, grasp the crown between your thumb and first finger with the smooth flat surface forward.
However, if no one is prepared to replant the tooth, if the injured patient is unwilling or unable to cooperate with immediate replantation, or if the damage to the socket and adjacent teeth is substantial, control bleeding with pressure. Place the tooth in liquid such as milk or another storage media to keep it from dying. After this, transport the patient and tooth to your dentist immediately for the best available treatment.
A Tooth is in the Wrong Position
When a tooth is in the socket, but the wrong position, it is called Luxation. There are three positions of luxation, with the first being an extruded tooth in which the upper tooth hangs down and/or lower tooth has been pushed up. When this happens:
• Reposition the tooth in the socket by using firm finger pressure like replantation
Additionally, the last position is an intruded tooth, which is a tooth pushed into the gum and looks short. Similar to lateral displacement, when this injury occurs no treatment should be completed at the scene, but the patient should be brought to the dentist immediately.
When a Tooth is Fractured
When a person's tooth is broken this means it is fractured. A tooth can sometimes remain intact, but other times it can be in pieces. If the tooth is in pieces, patients should save the broken portion and bring it to Mt. Lookout Dentistry in water or milk. A tooth that is fractured may have a nerve exposed, which can cause pain from cold, heat and air passage. When this happens, analgesics are recommended. A person may complete the game or activity, but it is important to visit Mt. Lookout Dentistry within 24 hours to save or treat the dental pulp-Sooner is always better.
When a person's life consists of sports or other recreational activities, consult Dr. David Croop, Dr. Gosnell, Dr. Robert Bertsch and Dr. Brenda Bertsch for options in protecting his/her teeth from injury. It is always important to protect and maintain a healthy smile, but when dental trauma does occur patients should call Mt. Lookout Dentistry today to get started on protecting his/her smile.
About Mt. Lookout Dentistry: Dr. Croop's interest in dentistry began when he underwent several dental procedures during adolescence. Today, Dr. Croop's love for the field is still going strong, with over 29 years of experience. Dr. Croop earned his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and completed his residency at St. Luke's Hospital Medical Center. His interest in advancing his knowledge led him to complete a postdoctoral program at the Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. When not establishing caring and long-term relationships with his patients, Dr. Croop also enjoys teaching to study clubs and working with residents at The University Cincinnati Medical Center who are a part of the Cincinnati Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program.
Dr. Gosnell graduated from the University of Kentucky and then completed the "Triangle" by attending the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. After his studies, Dr. Gosnell wanted to pursue more extensive training, so he participated in an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the University Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati. This is where he met and worked with Dr. Croop. The two shared similar philosophies regarding the practice of dentistry.
Dr. Robert Bertsch and Dr. Brenda Bertsch both graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Robert Bertsch went on to complete a General Practice Residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and subsequently earned at Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Brenda Bertsch completed her General Practice Residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky and earned a Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry in 1998.