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A tooth can be chipped, broken, or knocked out during sports or a bad fall.
Your doctor may have fixed your tooth temporarily. You also may have been given pain medicine. If you had signs of infection, you may need to take antibiotics.
You will need to see a dentist. If you have chipped a tooth, it may be jagged, which can irritate your mouth and tongue. The dentist may smooth the edges and fill in the part that chipped off. A permanent tooth that has been knocked out can be put back in (reimplanted) if it is done quickly. The dentist may need to put a crown on a broken tooth to cover the tooth and hold it together. Prompt dental treatment can often prevent infection in the tooth.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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