When is a mouth injury an emergency?

A mouth injury can become an emergency if there is: 
  • uncontrolled bleeding
  • teeth that have fallen out that can be replaced quickly (there's a 30-minute window for this)
  • lacerations, or jagged, broken teeth that can lacerate the tongue or lips and other oral tissues
  • a broken jaw
Hospitals don't really treat dental and mouth injuries. If in question, call your dentist. It's never a bad thing to err on the side of caution.
Injuries to the mouth may cause breathing problems if blood or loose teeth block the airway.

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