What is Dental Trauma?
Dental Trauma is damage to the teeth, jawbone or face caused by a solid object. It may occur through a fall or a sports injury.
Sometimes the teeth may be knocked out completely or be displaced or broken. If the teeth are broken please go to Broken Tooth
Loss of a Tooth
If a tooth is knocked out DO NOT CLEAN IT WITH TAPWATER
A tooth has a good chance of survival if it can be put back in it’s socket within 60minutes of it coming out.
♦ Place it either in your cheek so that it is stored in your own saliva or a tub/glass of whole milk.
♦ If you feel confident enough put the tooth back in its socket (this might be uncomfortable).
♦ If not contact the Urgent Care Centres to have the tooth re-implanted.
Maintain a soft diet for 3-4 weeks and contact your dentist when they re-open to have it radiographed and checked.
It is normal for the tooth to be tender for a few weeks after re-implantation, the tooth may need root canal treatment to aid prognosis.
A Tooth that has Moved Position
If a tooth has been knocked and is now in a different position then you may be able to reposition it yourself.
If the tooth has been pushed backwards or is now tilted forwards…
♦ Take the tooth between your thumb and first finger
♦ Apply firm pressure
♦ The tooth should click back into it’s normal position
If it doesn’t or if a tooth is wobbly please contact the Urgent Dental Care Centre for an appointment.
If the tooth has broken please see Broken Tooth for advice.