If you’ve ever had trauma to the mouth, the first thing most people check for is bleeding, loose, or cracked teeth. If they find that physically, everything is still intact, most would assume everything is ok. This is not always the case. If damage has been done to the nerve of the tooth, this could result in the tooth dying over time. It is important to monitor the area that has been hit for any developing symptoms over the next couple of days. If you are worried the tooth may be temporarily or permanently damaged, you should seek your Lafayette family dental provider for medical attention.
Here are 5 symptoms to look out for after dental trauma:
- Teeth that are cracked/chipped, loose, or missing
- A jaded edge to your tooth
- Bleeding from your gums, tongue, lips, or face
- Difficulty moving your jaw
- Shift in how your teeth fit together when closing your mouth.
If you notice that the tooth is starting to discolor, you will need to be seen by your family dentist to check on the health of the pulp of the affected tooth (teeth). To better understand tooth discoloration, read here.
If damage has been done, a root canal may be necessary to treat the affected nerve. Here is more information on root canals and how to avoid them.
If no immediate action needs to be taken after experiencing dental trauma, you can do the following to help alleviate any pain associated with your injuries:
- Apply ice to your jaw or mouth if the area is sore: a cold compress can be used 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off to find relief
- Avoid hard food that may cause discomfort and rely on soft foods until pain subsides: chew foods away from the injured area of the mouth and watch out for extreme temperatures that could cause sensitivity
- Maintain normal daily oral health habits, but be gentle around any area that may be bruised: only use a soft bristled brush to clean the teeth around the wound and stop if bleeding starts to occur
- If there are any abrasions within the mouth, gargle with warm salt water to clean the affected area: you should keep this area free of food particles
- You may take pain relievers as directed
If any symptoms get worse or do not improve after a few days, you should seek medical attention from your local Lafayette dental provider.
We know that accidents happen, but it is important to remember to wear mouth protection during events where physical contact to the face or jaw may occur. Anyone playing heavy physical contact sports should look into mouth gear or guards to protect their teeth. If you or your child does experience any physical trauma to their mouth and you have any questions, be sure to reach out to our office for an evaluation. You can reach your trusted Lafayette Family Dentist by calling our office at (337) 704-2126.