I’m the adult here that is usually lecturing my son on being safe while playing paintball. Well, the other day he convinced me to play with him. He somehow nailed me in the jaw. It was on after that. I didn’t think much of it in the heat of the moment. But later, I noticed that my face was pretty bruised and I feel like one of my teeth may be a little bit loose. It’s not too troublesome, but something just doesn’t feel right. I can’t visibly see movement, but I can feel it. Hopefully, this is a temporary ailment and will heal on its own. Should I wait it out or do I need to see an emergency dentist?
-Jason in Colorado
Well, sounds like you two made some memories – that’s for sure. Although it is possible that an injury like this may heal on its own, it’s always wise to seek counsel from a dentist. So go ahead and schedule an emergency dentist appointment to put your mind at ease, or you can seek treatment right away. In these instances, the sooner you are seen, the less invasive and more economical your needs can be met.
In the meantime, stop fiddling with the injured tooth. The ligaments that keep your tooth in place may have been stretched out a bit. So they will be further irritated and bothered if you keep testing the mobility of the tooth. The emergency dentist will likely want to stabilize the tooth to keep it from moving. There is a possibility that you may end up needing a root canal on the tooth. The dentist should be able to check out the root and figure out the right plan to get you back on the paint ball field, as soon as possible.
Whatever you do, don’t put off seeing the dentist thought. If it is left alone but really does require intervention, you could end up losing the tooth.
This post is sponsored by York PA dentist Donald H. Currie, DMD