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Broken or knocked out tooth
Alternative namesTeeth - broken; Lost teeth; Tooth knocked out
A permanent tooth that is knocked out can sometimes be reimplanted. If you can find the tooth after the accident or injury, bring it with you when you seek medical help.
Tooth accidents are commonly caused by:
Save any tooth that has been knocked out for possible reimplantation. Bring it to your dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the less chance there is for successful reimplantation. Handle the tooth only by the crown (chewing edge).
Use one of the following options to transport the tooth:
Teeth that have been badly fractured may expose nerve tissue inside the tooth. In this case, immediate attention is needed to avoid infection, abscess, and pain.
Simple chips or fractures may be tended to on a non-emergency basis, but should still be fixed to avoid sharp edges that can cut the lips or tongue, and for cosmetic reasons.
See a dentist immediately if:
In the case of simple tooth fractures, a non-emergency dental appointment can be made.
After a major accident, if you are not able to bring your upper and lower teeth together, the jaw may be broken. This requires immediate attention. You may call a dentist, but also seek help at a hospital.
Update Date: 8/21/2003A.D.A.M. editorial. Previously reviewed by Michael Kapner, D.D.S., General Practice, New Rochelle, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network (5/24/2002).
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT