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INJURY DEFINITIONS

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Injury Definitions

Dental Injuries

Dental injuries include broken (fractured) teeth, teeth totally knocked out of the mouth, or teeth displaced by unexpected external forces. These dental accidents may be associated with swelling of the gum and oral tissue. Immediate treatment gives the best possible chance of saving the tooth. Timing is critical. The reason for the urgency in replanting is that once the tooth is out of the socket, the likelihood of the body treating the tooth as a foreign object and resorbing the root increases rapidly. If the tooth is replanted immediately, the chances of saving the tooth with a root canal are very good. However, if the tooth is out more than 30 minutes, the chances of success begin to decrease. Teeth that are out for longer than about two hours have a very poor prognosis.


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