Trauma

Have You Suffered Trauma to Your Teeth or Mouth?

Immediate First Aid


Don’t panic! We are here to help and teeth can often be saved when all appears lost. 

Has there been a loss of consciousness? If so – please consider presenting to an emergency department for a thorough assessment by an emergency doctor before we address teeth. 

Is there bleeding?

  • With a cold compress – place pressure over any laceration and hold pressure for 5-10 minutes before assessing. Try not to remove the compress every minute to check – this promotes more bleeding.
  • Is there a laceration / cut to gum / lip / cheek or tongue?
  • Is there some bleeding from the gum around a tooth?
  • Application of cold to any damaged lip can help to reduce swelling and also tends to reduce pain. “Icy Poles” are often a good trick for younger children.

Lost a tooth

Go to the Tooth Knocked Out page  or follow advice on the Tooth SOS App below.

Damaged Tooth

 

    Damaged Tooth 1
  • Tooth usually not sensitive to cold
  • There is no bleeding from the tooth
  • Likely enamel only broken
  • Not urgent typically and easy to repair
  • Bring tooth fragment to appointment if you have it – can often be reattached

 

 

    Damaged Tooth 2
  • Tooth usually very sensitive to hot and cold
  • Pink showing through centre of break
  • Tooth is bleeding
  • Pulp exposed - urgent care required 
  • See inside tooth

 

 

    Damaged Tooth 3
  • Tooth usually very sensitive to hot and cold
  • Pink showing through centre of break
  • Tooth is bleeding
  • Pulp exposed - urgent care required 
  • See inside tooth

 

 

    Damaged Tooth 4
  • Tooth usually very sensitive to hot and cold
  • Pink showing through centre of break
  • Tooth is bleeding
  • Tooth in multiple fragments
  • Pulp exposed - urgent care required

 

 

Has Your Tooth or Teeth Moved?

Trauma to teeth can result in teeth being:

  • Pushed In
  • Pushed Out
  • Pushed Sideways
  • Or any combination of the above

Any significant movement of teeth within their sockets indicates damage to the bone surrounding the tooth / teeth. Urgent assessment and treatment is recommended.

If a tooth has not displaced but there is a small amount of bleeding from around the gum margin of a tooth – the tooth is often fine and treatment is typically less urgent. A consultation is still recommended for a comprehensive, professional assessment.

Trauma to Baby Teeth

If a baby tooth has been knocked out – do not replace it. You can read more about treatment of a tooth that has been knocked out here.

For further assistance and advice – please use the International Association of Dental Traumatology’s App. 

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Available on Apple or Android

How Do We Treat Trauma?

We follow well established guidelines from the world’s leading dental trauma organisation – the International Association of Dental Traumatology.

 

Video – Trauma – Fractured Tooth

Video – Trauma – Complicated Fractured Tooth

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