It can give you a good idea as to what type of damage you sustained, and it can help you know how to best help your mouth recover afterwards. Here are a few things to do if you believe your tooth is loose after getting hit in some way.
When a Tooth Feels Loose, You Need to Hold It Still
The first thing you need to do if a tooth feels loose is to call your dentist immediately. They can help better than anyone else in this situation. They often have emergency openings during the day, so they can likely see you in a very short amount of time.
The next thing you do is to hold the tooth still until you can be seen. If you are going right in, you may want to hold the tooth with your hand, but this can be incredibly difficult, especially if you are being driven and the road is curvy or bumpy.
The better option is to put a piece of gauze between the tooth and your cheek, and on the inside between your teeth and your tongue. This will help to hold the tooth in place while you travel.
Finally, you want to gently close your teeth to see if you can get your jaw to close naturally without bumping the tooth. If it doesn't close properly, leave your mouth open until you get seen.
You should always contact our office if any of your teeth feel loose. It allows you to get a professional look at what the problem may be.