Dental emergencies often result from accidents, which, by definition, can be difficult to prevent. However, by ensuring that your teeth are as strong and as healthy as they can be, you can help protect them against the destruction that many dental emergencies cause. Though you can’t always prevent dental emergencies, you can fortify your teeth to face most dental emergencies with confidence. It also helps to know what to do if a dental emergency does strike out of the blue.
The Key is Preparation
At their best, your teeth are protected by the strongest substance that your body produces, allowing them to successfully withstand the daily pressures of biting and chewing. Known as tooth enamel, this formidable substance is only strong when it’s healthy, which you can help ensure by adhering to a diligent hygiene routine (i.e., brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day). For additional strength, we advise ensuring that your diet contains plenty of calcium and phosphate—the minerals that comprise tooth enamel and keep your teeth strong.
What to Do in Cases of Emergency
Unfortunately, even strong teeth can fall victim to accidental trauma, such as an impact. Depending on the severity of damage, restoring your smile from a dental emergency can entail any of a number of different procedures, from a protective dental crown to a complete dental implant-supported replacement. If your tooth suffers emergency damage, schedule an emergency visit with your dentist immediately. With prompt action and expert care, there’s usually an excellent chance that your dentist can repair and restore your smile’s health and beauty.