Dental Accidents –
What to Do
Dental accidents happen at home, at school, in your free time, on the job. Dental trauma to the front teeth is especially common among kids and teenagers. Most dental accidents involve the upper front teeth. It is important to stay calm after an accident and to act quickly.
If the tooth is broken or lost: do not clean it or its parts. Only touch the tooth's crown and place it in a "tooth saving box" (available at pharmacies) as quickly as possible. The box is filled with a special nourishing liquid that prevents the tooth from drying out. If you do not have such a box on hand, you may place the tooth in a small plastic bag filled with saliva or H-milk (heat-treated milk that keeps in a tetra pack without needing refrigeration). In case of heavy bleeding, carefully bite down on a cloth tissue. If a tooth is very loose but still attached, try not to manipulate it. Please see a dentist as quickly as possible.
In our office in Zurich's district 10, dental accidents have priority, as do crown or root fractures and dislocation. In some cases, tooth fragments can be glued back on to the tooth. A lost tooth can be saved and re-implanted under some circumstances and conditions. One of them is that the delicate skin of the tooth root does not dry out. Lost teeth should therefore always be stored as described above.
Customized Mouthguards for High-Risk Sports
For prophylactic reasons, people doing high-risk or extreme sports can wear a customized mouthguard to minimize the risk of dental trauma to the front teeth. A soft lining provides space between the teeth and soft tissue and protects your teeth, lips, cheeks and jaw.
After taking an impression of your teeth in our office, our dental laboratory creates an individual, customized mouthguard for you.
Mouthguards are a sensible preventative measure for e.g. avid mountain bikers, high-speed skiers and hockey players.
Dental Emergency Services
We try to be available to you by phone and email outside office hours:
In case of an emergency, please contact the dental emergency
service of the Dental Association Zurich by calling the following number: