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Dental trauma is an injury to the mouth. You may have a cracked or chipped tooth. Or, you may have a tooth that has fallen out.
Dental trauma can be caused by an injury, an accident, or a fall.
Sometimes only a small chip will come off the edge of your tooth. Other times the tooth will crack or break off close to your gums. You may not have pain if you lost a small chip from your tooth. You may feel pain if your tooth cracks down to the soft tissue inside. Your gum will bleed if the tooth comes out.
Call your dentist as soon as you can if your have a tooth injury. Germs called bacteria (bak-teer-e-uh) can get inside a broken tooth. This can cause an infection (in-fek-shun). Your dentist may give you antibiotic (an-ti-bi-ah-tik) medicine to kill the germs. He will talk to you about ways to fix the tooth. See a dentist right away if one or more of your teeth are knocked out. There may be a way to put it back in. Do the following as soon as possible after the tooth is knocked out.
You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care may be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.