There are not many dental traumas worse than breaking a front tooth. It can be painful to eat and talk and can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. When you break a tooth, you should be prepared by knowing the best steps to take and the decisions you need to make.
Varieties Of A Broken Tooth
A broken front tooth may seem like there’s only one outcome, but there are actually a few different varieties of trauma. Before making your decision of what to do next, you must determine the status of your broken tooth.
- Loose tooth: A loose tooth is often a result of getting hit in the mouth, and may result in bleeding and some pain. If you’ve encountered a hit to your tooth but it’s still intact, you likely have a tooth that is wiggly and not secured in your mouth. In this situation, you may actually have damage to the root or jaw, but you’ll only know for sure when you seek emergency dental treatment.
- Broken Tooth: A broken tooth is when a significant amount of the tooth is knocked out, exposing the root and its pulp. In this instance, you should visit the dentist as soon as possible, as you will suffer more significant pain and will need immediate treatment. Also, if you leave a broken tooth untreated, it can get infected, swollen, and cause even more pain.
- Tooth Avulsion: A completely knocked out tooth is called a dental avulsion, and will likely result in a lot of bleeding. If this happens, you want to apply pressure to the area immediately to help stop the bleeding, and head to an emergency room. This type of injury is the most dangerous and is critical that you seek emergency attention. If you can find the tooth, you should place the tooth in milk, and preserve it until you see your dentist.
What To Expect At The Dentist
After any of these dental emergencies, the dentist will likely take X-rays of the affected area and decide on a treatment plan, depending on the severity of the broken tooth. Some solutions may be temporary, while some may be permanent. This is where it’s important to preserve the tooth whenever possible, as the dentist will try to save the original tooth when they can. The best case scenario is when a tooth can be reinserted, but this may require a few follow up appointments for the dentists to check how to tooth is healing.
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