Any trauma caused to your mouth that may cause bleeding and lacerations to the gums, and dislodge, or fracture teeth, and may require immediate medical attention.

Signs & Symptoms

As with any trauma to the mouth, you should immediately consult your dentist to determine if treatment is required. The dentist will examine the affected area and may take X-rays.

If you are in pain from a broken, cracked or chipped tooth, you may be able to take an over-the-counter pain reliever. If possible, keep any part of the tooth that has broken off and take it with you to the dentist.


Whether the result of an accident or biting on a piece of food that’s too hard, mouth injuries can cause teeth to become cracked, broken, or knocked out/dislodged.


If a tooth is completely knocked out of the mouth by an injury, take the tooth to your dentist as soon as possible. It may be possible for your tooth to be placed back into your mouth, a procedure called re-implantation.


If you’re playing any contact sports, wearing a mouth guard can help protect your teeth from injury and trauma. Mouth guards are available at most sporting goods stores; however, to ensure a mouth guard fits properly, contact your dentist for a consultation to have one custom-made to protect the teeth.

To help protect your teeth from injury while eating, avoid biting hard candies and ice.


Did you know that an untreated infection can spread to the surrounding gum tissue of other teeth and into your jawline? It could even spread to different parts of your body, leading to other health issues and diseases. Beware of the signs of an infection, include swelling around the site of the broken tooth and nearby tissue, throbbing pain and sometimes a fever.

Related Conditions

If a dental emergency is left untreated, it can lead to more serious complications. A cracked tooth, for instance, can leave a fracture in your tooth, a decayed tooth can cause a hole or opening in your tooth, and both are vulnerable to bacteria and decay. A jaw injury or possible fracture needs immediate attention at your dentist’s office or in the emergency room.