First aid for displaced teeth

Sometimes an injury can lead to a tooth moving out of place.

Photo of someone's teeth, where one of the top front teeth has been displaced. It's been pushed backwards and appears to hang lower than the teeth next to it. This may be obvious if the tooth is pushed backwards or hanging out. Other times, it may be less obvious.

If you’re having trouble closing your teeth together in a normal position, it’s possible that a tooth may be displaced.

See your dentist as soon as you can.

Putting the displaced tooth back into its normal position as soon as possible gives it the best chance of surviving, and reduces complications and the need for further treatment later.

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New Zealand Dental Association
User friendly advice on oral health from the New Zealand Dental Association.

ACC can help with the costs of your dental treatment if it’s needed because of accident or injury.

Reproduced with the permission of the New Zealand Dental Association, based on the ‘Keeping Your Teeth for a Lifetime ... Easy As’ resource.

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