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Posted by: garyhargrove  (8 years ago)
my wife was playing volleyball and got hit with an elbow an hour ago. One of her front teeth is slightly pushed back and slightly lower than the other front tooth. It is very slight but nonetheless has moved. The impact was bad enough that it busted her lip bad enough that she might need stitches on the inside. Can ice damage the tooth further, for example, nerve damage? Can you tell me what the best action to take is for tonight? We will go to the dentist tomorrow but are curious as to what we should do in the meantime. Thank you
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my wife was playing volleyball and got hit with an elbow an hour ago. One of her front teeth is slightly pushed back and slightly lower than the other front tooth. It is very slight but nonetheless has moved. The impact was bad enough that it busted her lip bad enough that she might need stitches on the inside. Can ice damage the tooth further, for example, nerve damage? Can you tell me what the best action to take is for tonight? We will go to the dentist tomorrow but are curious as to what we should do in the meantime. Thank you

Put ice on the lip to decrease swelling. It will not hurt the tooth.

If you can, push the tooth up into the right position.

Most likely the nerve will die, and require a root canal. The dentist may have to reposition the tooth orthodontically, if he cannot reposition the tooth in the socket.
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