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Dental Injuries Requiring Assistance

Updated on November 11, 2009

There are several types of dental injuries that will require a trip to the dentist in order to ensure that you don’t suffer from extensive problems in the future.  However, with each of the injuries there are particular things that the patient will want to do as they are making their way to the dentist office. 

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Special thanks to Dr. Fitzgerald for being the main resource for this article.  Dr. Lee Fitzgerald is a Dallas dental implant dentist who has practiced cosmetic and implant dentistry for over 25 years. He is an expert in oral surgery, dental implants, implant dentures, mini implant dentures, implant-supported bridges, implant crowns, crown lengthening, and more.

Chipped Tooth

A chipped tooth would be considered a minor issue it is very common.  This essentially means that the person has knocked off a portion of the enamel.  This can be a painful depending on how deep the chip goes and will sometimes require dental assistance to fill in missing spots. If need be the dentist can smooth the tooth down again so that the person is comfortable.

Fractured Tooth

When a tooth is cracked or a piece of it breaks off completely, it is called a fractured tooth.  This can be both painful and esthetically displeasing.  If the dentin or pulp is exposed the patient must go to the dentist immediately in order to prevent infection and the mouth will need to be rinsed out with warm water first in order to clear the area of particles before heading to the dentist.

Displaced Tooth

If in the process of the injury teeth move out of place, a dentist visit will be required and immediate. The first course of action is to apply a warm wet cloth and gently moved the teeth back into place. This will likely hurt, but is essential in positioning your teeth for the best outcome.  Keep the warm cloth in place holding your teeth in the correct spot.  Get to the dentist within 30 minutes.

Knocked Out Tooth

When teeth are knocked out, there is still have a chance of being able to replace them as long as they are placed in the socket in a timely manner so the roots can reattach.  Your responsibility once the tooth is knocked out is to locate it and immerse it in milk or a saline or hold it between your cheek and your gum.  Do not wash it or do anything that can damage the tooth in anyway.  Patients that get to the dentist within 30 minutes of the injury have a higher success rate of reimplanting the tooth.

Advances in dental implants have allowed for any injuries or cosmetic problems in the mouth to be remedied.  However, if you find yourself in any of the above situations, taking the correct course of action will increase your chances of the best outcome possible.


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