Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pain in the Tooth after Injury Evaluation

The evaluation of a dental injury begins with a medical history and dental examination.

Physical findings may include:

  • Tooth avulsion:
    • Disrupted from normal position in socket or completely knocked out of the socket
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Malocclusion:
    • Teeth do not line up normally when the mouth is closed

Dental x-rays may be required to evaluate a dental injury, in order to assess a broken tooth, facial injury or jaw injury.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a dental injury include:
A Panorex x-ray is ideal for evaluating many dental injuries.

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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