Knocked-Out Tooth? What You Need to Do

What is an avulsed tooth?

An avulsed tooth is a tooth that has been completely knocked out of its socket. This can happen due to trauma to the face or mouth, such as a fall, sports injury, or car accident.

What should I do if I have an avulsed tooth?

The most important thing to do is to seek treatment immediately. The longer the tooth is out of the socket, the less likely it is to be successfully replanted.

Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Find the tooth. If possible, try to find the tooth and handle it carefully. Hold the tooth by the crown, or the chewing surface of the tooth. Avoid touching the root, as it is sensitive and can be easily damaged.
  2. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it with water. Do not wipe or dry the tooth, as this could damage it.
  3. Gently try to slip the tooth back into its socket. If it goes back in easily, don’t force it. If it doesn’t go back in, keep the tooth moist until you get to the dentist.
  4. Keep the tooth moist. You can do this by placing it in milk, in your mouth next to your cheek, or in an emergency tooth preservation kit. Do not use regular tap water, as it is not good for the root surface cells for an extended period of time.
  5. See your dentist as soon as possible. The sooner you get treatment, the better the chances of saving your tooth.

What will my dentist do for an avulsed tooth?

Your dentist will examine your tooth and gums to assess the damage. They may also take X-rays to get a better look at the situation.

If possible, your dentist will try to replant your tooth. This is the best way to preserve your natural tooth and avoid the need for more expensive and complex dental procedures in the future.

To replant your tooth, your dentist will gently clean the socket and the root of the tooth. They will then place the tooth back into its socket and secure it with a splint.

After your tooth has been replanted, your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for it at home. These instructions may include following a soft diet, avoiding certain activities, and taking medication to prevent infection.

What are the chances of saving an avulsed tooth?

The chances of saving an avulsed tooth depend on a number of factors, including the length of time the tooth was out of the socket, the condition of the tooth and gums, and the patient’s age and overall health.

However, with prompt treatment, most avulsed teeth can be saved.

What are the risks of replanting an avulsed tooth?

The risks of replanting an avulsed tooth include:

  • Infection: Infection is the most common risk of replanting an avulsed tooth. To prevent infection, your dentist will prescribe antibiotics.
  • Root resorption: Root resorption is a condition in which the bone around the root of the tooth begins to break down. This can lead to the loss of the tooth.
  • Ankylosis: Ankylosis is a condition in which the root of the tooth fuses to the bone. This can prevent the tooth from growing properly and may eventually lead to the loss of the tooth.

What should I do if my replanted tooth fails?

If your replanted tooth fails, your dentist may recommend other options, such as a bridge, implant, or partial denture.

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