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Tooth Injuries

By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute

Tooth injuries most frequently occur following a fall or a blow to the face. The injuries vary from small bleedings in the gums, a loose tooth to one or more teeth being knocked out.

What can you do?

The smallest injury is light bleeding from the gums. In this case, there is no reason for worry or special treatment. A possible bleeding can be stopped with ice cubes. Neither do loose teeth need any treatment. However, it is always recommended to call the dentist to hear if there is reason to have an x-ray. The x-ray is with regard to the insurance. Remember always to report tooth injuries to your insurance company.

Contact the doctor tomorrow

If the tooth discolours, after some time.

Contact the doctor immediately

If you have had one of your permanent teeth knocked out. A lost tooth can be put back in place. Two relationships are crucial for a good result. First of all, the tooth must be put back in place within 1-1½ hour after the accident. Second, the tooth must not dry out. You must prevent the tooth from drying out by keeping it in gaze soaked in physiological saltwater (lightly salted water). If you do not have any physiological saltwater, the tooth can be kept in the oral cavity behind the bottom lip – be careful not to swallow it.