When we eat food debris can become trapped between teeth and are difficult to remove by flossing or brushing teeth. While eating unforeseen objects such as a piece of metal may also be present and become stuck in the gum tissue or tongue.
Although people are firmly recommended against using their teeth as tools for biting off cotton and plastic, they may still do so and this can result in a trapped object between the teeth.
While professional teeth cleaning and scaling can remove debris trapped between teeth or below the gum line, emergency dental care is often needed to remove trapped objects that can damage the teeth and gums.
Children are at risk of getting an object trapped in their mouths while they play and explore all the items around them. Vulnerable adults are also at risk as are those who use their teeth to open lids and chew pens.
Soft tissue damage caused by a trapped object can range from mild to severe. An object can become trapped in the jaw, cheek and gums. Dental breaks, avulsion and wisdom teeth impaction also raise the threat of teeth becoming trapped within the jaw bone.
Tooth damage and oral infection can arise if the object is left trapped in the mouth and symptoms range from mild irritation to severe pain. Mild symptoms can escalate into trauma and extreme pain, requiring emergency dental care to eliminate the pain. Untreated cases of trapped objects in the mouth can even escalate into medical emergencies.
If head injury or concussion occurs with an object trapped in the mouth, it is vital to receive emergency medical treatment as priority. Oral surgeons are available within medical environments to remove trapped objects from the face and mouth.
Trying to remove a stubbornly trapped object on your own can result in further damage, infection and pain. If the object will not come out with gentle flossing or mouth rinsing, emergency dental care is the best option to reduce the risk of infection. This will also relieve painful symptoms or feelings of discomfort.
A dentist will normally desensitise the area to begin with and then use dental floss to gently leverage the trapped object out of the mouth. However, the type of treatment provided will depend on the severity of the trapped object and oral condition. Surgery can sometimes be the only option.
Professional dental screening allows the damage to be evaluated for proper dental care. As individuals cannot see within their own mouths it is essential to have a professional dentist assess the condition for safe removal of any trapped object.