Signs To Look For After A Tooth Has Been Injured

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Discoloration:

Injured teeth may turn grey, black or yellow. Such a color change may be a sign of change in the health of the nerve of the tooth. While no immediate treatment may be necessary, these changes need to be closely monitored.

Gum Boil:

This appears on the gum as a small pimple-like swelling that may be a sign that the nerve of the tooth may have died and become infected. Immediate treatment is necessary to avoid spread of infection and possible damage to the underlying developing adult tooth. This treatment may involve removal or pulp (nerve) treatment of the infected tooth.

Swelling and/or Pain:

Swelling and/or pain immediately following an injury are common. However, swelling and/or pain that develops over days to weeks following an injury requires immediate evaluation, as this may indicate potentially dangerous infection.

Possible results of an injury to a primary ("baby") tooth:

Because of the close proximity of the roots of the primary teeth to the developing permanent ("adult") teeth, an injury to the primary teeth can result in damage to the underlying developing permanent teeth.