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Acute Dental Trauma

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

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 an injury to soft tissues, such as your tongue, cheeks, gums, or lips. Severe injuries can expose the soft pulp inside the tooth.

What are the signs and symptoms of acute dental trauma?

What should I do if my tooth falls out?

How is an acute dental trauma diagnosed and treated?

Your healthcare provider will examine your mouth and ask how you were injured. He or she will ask about your symptoms. Tell your provider if you have had surgeries or other procedures on your mouth. You may need an x-ray to check for damage to the bones in your face. Treatment will depend on the type of dental trauma you have. A tooth that moves slightly may heal on its own. You may also need any of the following:

What can I do to manage an acute dental trauma?

Call 911 for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate help?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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