I was playing softball and got hit directly on my mouth at my front teeth. For a while I couldn’t do anything with those teeth because it just hurt too much. Now they feel better, but one of them feels a little loose. Is that a possibility or is it just me being paranoid?
Keven R.- Alpine, UT
No, you are not being paranoid. Trauma to a tooth can cause a lot of dental problems, including them coming loose. I recommend you see your dentist and get some x-rays done. Here is what you are looking out for:
Damage to the nerves or ligaments. If there is no damage to the nerves or ligaments, your dentist should recommend putting a splint behind your front teeth to keep them in their current position.
Nerve damage can lead to a tooth infection, which may not show up on the x-ray right away. Some things to keep an eye out for is sensitivity to hot food or drink, or a constant dull ache. If the nerves are damaged, but your tooth seems savable, your dentist may recommend a root canal and a porcelain crown. With it being a front tooth, make sure it is an all-porcelain crown and not porcelain fused to metal, for aesthetic reasons.
The root of the tooth may be cracked. Another scenario is the root of the tooth is cracked. If that is the case, there is not much that can be done and the tooth will have to be extracted. You’ll want to do some research and discuss with your dentist the pros/cons of a dental implant verses a dental bridge to see which best fits with your desires and situation.
The first step, though is to get seen. The x-ray will help determine what, if anything needs to be done.
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