Whether it’s a minor broken tooth, chipping of the enamel or a deeper fracture involving both the enamel and the dentin of a tooth, it’s important to seek dental help promptly. A serious fracture can lead to tooth infection and abscess not to mention chronic and severe discomfort.
Another important fact to make note of is that the success of recovering a tooth that has been knocked out, is directly related to the amount of time the tooth has been out of its socket.
If you are concerned about a recent dental injury or wish to prevent injury to your teeth, consult with a dentist and/or consider the following:
- Being fitted with dental braces to align protruding front teeth
- Wearing a mouthguard while participating in sport or other activity where dental injury may occur
- Using a face mask (if appropriate for the sport or activity)