Saving a Dislocated Tooth
Traumatic dental root injuries can occur in facial accidents or sports-related injuries.
Chipped and dislodged teeth account for the majority of all dental injuries. When a tooth's root is injured, it can become infected and die resulting in the loss of the tooth and greater complication from infection.
A dental injury, even apparently mild, requires immediate examination. Only proper assessment thorough a dental exam can detect and save a damaged tooth. Early treatment can often save injured teeth. If you have a cracked or injured tooth, seek immediate endodontic treatment!
An attached, but dislodged tooth may be pushed sideways, impacted into the socket or or partially pulled out of the socket. Dr. Clausen can reposition and stabilize the tooth. Depending on the age of the patient and the extent of injury, a tooth may be fully saved, or it may require root canal treatment.
If a permanent tooth has been dislodged, root canal treatment is usually needed and should begin within a few days of the injury.
The teeth in children between the ages of seven and twelve years old are still developing. Dr. Clausen can repair some damage from injury, with proper initial care and root canal treatment may be avoidable.
When a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, must be quickly and properly replaced, if it is to be saved. Proper emergency safeguards and immediate treatment are essential to save the tooth and time is critical.
- Handle the tooth very gently, avoid touching the root surface.
- Clean a dirty tooth with water only, or milk.
- Replace the tooth into the socket if possible. If not, place the tooth in a clean plastic bag and keep it moist.
- Contact Dr. Clausen for emergency Endodontic care.
Dr. Clausen will carefully evaluate the damage to the tooth, replace it back into its socket, and examine you for other dental and facial injuries. He will place a stabilizing splint which will remain for a few weeks. Depending on the patient's age and the stage of root development, root canal treatment may be required.
Call Gentle Family Dentistry today to make your appointment!