One of the neighborhood children mistook me for a pinata at a birthday party. I got a pretty good whack to the mouth. I thought everything was fine at first, but this morning two of my teeth seem to be loose. At first I thought it was my imagination. But it’s not. I keep checking it throughout the day and it’s definitely moving. Can they be saved or will they fall out? If so, how do I replace them?
Meg T. – Missouri
Okay, there’s a chance these teeth can be saved, but the first thing you’ll need to do is stop wiggling your teeth. They’re held together by ligaments that stretch but can also snap. When your teeth are loose, and it’s not from gum disease, it’s usually from stretched ligaments.
This is a dental emergency and needs to be addressed right away. The dentist can splint the teeth to stabilize them. Protecting them and keeping them still can allow the ligaments to heal.
Be aware that the pulp of the tooth could be damaged. That will mean a root canal procedure. Baby the tooth until you get in to see the emergency dentist.
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