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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Wiggling Tooth Due To a Fall

03/29/2010

Question:

One day ago, I fell off a bike and hit the concrete, but it was not too hard of a fall since I tried to resist it with my hands; my face still hit and scraped against the cement. Now, my right middle front tooth on my upper jaw (the right central incisor) is wiggling a little bit. What should I do, will it heal naturally by itself?

Answer:

If it is just a little loose, have a soft diet for the next week (things you can easily squish between your fingers) and see if it tightens back up. If it wiggles more than 2 mm, go see your dentist. Either way, this tooth may need to have a root canal in the future (could be months to years).

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Response by:

Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University