Trauma

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Treatment of trauma and accidents can often be confusing and stressful. For minor trauma to gums, lips, soft tissue, apply pressure with a wet cloth to stop bleeding. Consult a doctor if large or bleeding does not stop. For avulsed (lost) tooth (teeth) place tooth in a glass of cold milk and call the doctor or go to an emergency room immediately. Sometimes these teeth can be implanted and saved. Root canal therapy is often needed for the avulsed tooth at a later date.

Chipped teeth can often be bonded with a tooth colored resin or if a large amount of tooth structure is lost, it may require crown placement.

Also see Accidents

Information provided by the ADA, American Dental Association, www.ada.org