Acute dental trauma


What is acute dental trauma? Acute dental trauma is a serious injury to one or more parts of your mouth. Your injury may include damage to any of your teeth, the tooth socket, the tooth root, or your jaw. You can also have injuries to the soft tissues of your mouth. These include your tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips. Severe injuries can expose the soft pulp inside the tooth.

What causes acute dental trauma? Dental trauma usually occurs from a direct hit to your mouth or jaw. Accidents, such as falling off a bicycle or a car accident, can cause dental trauma. A direct hit can also happen during sports activities.

What are the signs and symptoms of acute dental trauma?

How is acute dental trauma diagnosed? Your healthcare provider will examine your mouth and ask how you were injured. He will ask about your symptoms. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had surgeries or other procedures on your mouth.

How is acute dental trauma treated? Treatment will depend on the type of dental trauma you have. A tooth that moves slightly may heal on its own. A soft tissue wound may be closed using stitches. You may need to see your dentist for any tooth repair procedures. You may also need any of the following:

How do I manage my acute dental trauma?

What are the risks of acute dental trauma? Without treatment, you may develop an infection in your mouth. Your tooth may become discolored or stay out of place. A chipped tooth with a sharp edge may cut your tongue or other soft tissues around it. You may lose one or more teeth.

When should I contact my healthcare provider? Contact your healthcare provider if:

When should I seek immediate help? Seek help immediately or call 911 if:


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