The tooth might Change in colour. The tooth (teeth) will probably darken over a period of time, eventually turning quite dark. Usually, the color will be a charcoal gray, although it may be brown or yellow. The tooth will be returning to a color similar to how it appeared before the injury, but not quite as snow white.
The tooth may also become loose. In this case the bone that supports the tooth has been expanded by the injury, which will make the tooth looser than normal. As the bone returns to the normal position, the tooth should also tighten up again.
As with any injury, the normal reaction of the injured tissues (in this case, the gums and/or lips) will bleed and/or swell. A cold pack will help decrease the swelling the first day. From 2nd day apply a warm compress on the swollen area.
Fortunately, children do not usually suffer much pain from injuries to teeth. Occasionally there will be pain if the child tries to chew with the injured tooth. The child should have only soft food for a week after the injury.
You should watch for any of the following…
• Change in any eating or sleeping habits
• If your child’s normal eating habits change, particularly complaining when biting or chewing. Also note if your child is not sleeping.
• Increased swelling, looseness or pain
• Gum Boils (This will appear on the gums in the area where the gums and lips meet. Gum boils look like a small blister on the gums.)
If any of the ‘expected reactions’ become worse, the area should be re-examined by your dentist.