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Can A Knocked Out Tooth Be Saved?

A knocked-out tooth is also known as an avulsed tooth. In fact, this is considered as one of the most major dental emergencies for secondary teeth.

However, the good news is that the damage may be able to be fixed. If one treats their lost tooth as an emergency, there is a chance for the tooth to be saved completely.

Without tending to the situation quickly, the supporting tissues, blood vessels, and nerves of the tooth can essentially die. Thus, this is the reason why a dislodged tooth often requires a speedy root canal procedure to replace the tooth where it belongs.

The chances of saving an avulsed tooth are highest in young kids. However, adult teeth can also be saved. It is crucial to understand that only secondary teeth must be re-implanted. After a permanent tooth has been dislodged, it is vital to get to the dentist as soon as possible.

Here are some great suggestions to increase the likelihood of saving an avulsed tooth:

  • Handle the tooth carefully. Refrain from touching the root as this can be easily damaged. The tooth’s root is normally located under the gumline.
  • In case the tooth is dirty, hold it by its crown (upper part), and thoroughly rinse it with milk. Then, carefully rinse it with water. To keep from accidentally losing your tooth for good, plug the drain of your sink before washing it. It is not advisable to wipe your tooth after washing as this may damage it.
  • Keep the tooth moist. To do this, drop the tooth into a glass of milk. If this can’t be done, consider placing it within the mouth between the gums and the cheek. Do not swallow! For children, it is advisable to have the kid spit the tooth into a cup with saliva or water. What matters is that the tooth is kept moist.
  • Consider slipping the tooth back into the socket. With a few attempts, the tooth may slip right in. Once it is back in place, hold it for a few minutes. However, never force it into the socket. If the tooth does not go back into proper place easily and without pressure, keep it damp and go to the dentist’s clinic right away.

What Will the Dentist Do?

In actuality, replacing a knocked-out tooth in place may be complicated or simple depending on the situation. Typically, the dentist will utilize water to flush the debris from the socket.

Afterward, your dentist will slip the avulsed tooth back into place. It is pivotal to re-implant the tooth as immediately as possible. For best results, this must take place within the hour of the accident.

Sometimes the dentist may consider a root canal to be done. Your dentist may splint the tooth to the teeth on one or the other side using a composite material or soft wire. This can help hold the tooth in place for a few days. The dentist will decide on the period of time the splint should remain.

The root commonly attaches to the bone in approximately 3 to 4 weeks. Although, more serious damage may require 6 to 8 weeks to repair. The dentist must examine the repaired tooth again after a period of 3 to 6 months.

This is followed by annual checkup to ensure there are no indications of infections. Additionally, another follow-up checkup is required after a few years to check if the tooth was successfully re-implanted.


Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.

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