Loose Tooth from Toy Sword

My son and I were sword fighting with wooden swords. I took an injury to the mouth. I thought my lip was just swollen, but today one of my front teeth feels loose. I keep wiggling it to check and I’m almost positive. Can a dentist fix this? What if I don’t have a regular dentist?


Dear Mary,

Woman grabbing her jaw in need of an emergency dentist

Moms should receive medals for the injuries they sustain in the line of duty. The first thing I’d like you to do is stop wiggling your tooth. The more you wiggle it, the more damage you’re likely to do. Your teeth are held in place, not just by their roots, but also by ligaments. If you wiggle those ligaments too much, they can snap.

If you don’t have a regular dentist, then you’ll need to see an emergency dentist—the sooner the better. The dentist will need to splint your teeth together. Hopefully, it’s just a matter of the ligaments being stretched and needing time to heal.

If more damage was done, especially to the pulp of the tooth, then you’ll also need a root canal treatment and possibly a dental crown.

Importance of a Regular Dentist

I promise this isn’t a lecture. There are many legitimate reasons why you may not have a regular dentist at the moment. Maybe you’re new to town and haven’t had time to find one.

However, one of the main reasons I’ve seen that people avoid the dentist is because of bad experiences in the past. If you’ve struggled with that, it often leads to dental anxiety.

Often, I recommend dental sedation in those cases. Patients that try it find it completely changes their outlook. They’re finally able to get work done they’ve avoided for years. They feel healthier, too.

You may want to give it a try if that’s the reason you haven’t found a dentist yet. Either way, get that tooth looked at by a dentist soon.

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