Dental Traumatic Injuries
There is no other dental traumatic injury than breaking your front tooth. A fractured tooth in the front area of your mouth not only hinders your eating and speaking ability but it may also be a reason for social embarrassment as your front teeth form a key portion of your smile.
The time period immediately post fracturing a tooth is of utmost importance as the decisions made during this time frame may be the deciding factors in whether the tooth would be saved or not.
We have enlisted below a few pieces of important information to help you make a well informed decision in case you or your loved ones suffer from any dental traumatic injuries. All the information is provided in regards to dental injuries as a result of trauma and not because of tooth decay.
A loose tooth may occur as a result of taking a hit to the mouth. It may typically be accompanied by bleeding and mild to moderate pain.
Depending on the strength of the hit, the tooth might have been damaged at the root or have been pushed into your jaw, neither of which are visible to you.
Because of this, it's important to seek emergency dental treatment as soon as possible after the injury occurs.
A broken tooth occurs when a substantial piece of the tooth is knocked out, often exposing its roots and pulp. This will look like a mixture of white, dark, and red areas. If you suffer a broken tooth, you will likely be in moderate to severe pain and will feel the need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Broken teeth may cause severe pain and/or swelling, and may result in a medical emergency.
Knocked Out Tooth (Tooth Avulsion)
A tooth that's been completely knocked out, also known as a dental avulsion, will result in the most amount of bleeding of these three traumas. Apply pressure to the affected area to stop the bleeding. Immediately seek medical assistance if the bleeding does not stop within 30 minutes, or if you have a history of problems with blood clotting after an injury.
If you can find the tooth, immediately place it in milk / water / saliva to preserve it until you are able to reach to your dentist. Do not touch or attempt to clean the tooth's root surface.
Dental Emergency - What to Expect at the Dentist
The dentist will most likely take X-rays of the affected area to determine the extent of the damage. The dentist will then outline a treatment plan once all the investigations are completed.
In case the tooth is broken, it may be splinted to the intact teeth on either side to help keep it stable while it heals. For an avulsed tooth, the dentist may want to try to reinsert the tooth. If the tooth can be reinserted, there is a decent chance that your injured tooth may heal, however, expect a few follow up appointments for the dentist to monitor the healing of the tooth.
In case the broken tooth cannot be saved, the dentist will discuss with you both short as well as long term tooth replacement options. These may include a crown, bridge, implant, or partial denture.
Your tooth is not going to heal on its own, so it's important to get to the dentist as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Not seeking medical care may lead to an infection or the possibility that a partially-damaged tooth would need to be completely extracted.
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