My son and I were having an orc battle. I lost. Unfortunately, his toy sword caught me right in the mouth. I thought I was fine aside for a cut and some bleeding, but today I could swear one of my teeth feel loose. I keep wiggling it to make sure it’s not just in my head, but it is wiggling. Can this be saved?
Ouch! It sounds like you’re a great mom. I love hearing stories about parents playing with their children. Sorry you lost the battle though. The first thing I’m going to strongly suggest is that you stop wiggling it. Your periodontal ligaments are like little rubber bands. They will stretch, but if you mess with them, they’ll snap. Hopefully, yours is just stretched.
The next thing to do is call your dentist for an emergency appointment. If you don’t have a dentist or he doesn’t make room for emergency appointments, then just Google “emergency dentist“. They’ll fit you in, even if you’re not an established patient.
How Can an Emergency Dentist Help Tooth Trauma?
When you have trauma to the tooth, the first thing the dentist will do is examine it to see the extent of the damage. Every effort is made to save the tooth. Oftentimes, if the ligament has been stretched or torn, a simple splint or bonding to an adjacent the tooth to keep it stabilized will be all that is needed. With the splint, it should heal on its own.
If it turns out the pulp of your tooth was also damaged a root canal treatment will be necessary. Damaged pulp often leads to a dead, graying tooth. Be aware that many root canal treatments require your tooth to be crowned so it doesn’t become too brittle and break.
Best of luck to you in your next orc battle! Middle-earth needs you… unless you’re the orc.
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