Traumatic injuries should be treated as soon as possible. Despite having your tooth dislodged or completely knocked out, the tooth can often be saved with treatments coordinated between an endodontist and a general dentist.
Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Teeth
Teeth that are knocked out may require root canal treatment following re-implantation.
What to do if your tooth is knocked out:
- Rinse or gently remove any debris or foreign objects from the tooth
- Keep the tooth moist by placing it gently back in the socket or a container of milk, saline, or saliva
- Do not handle or remove fibers from the root-end of the tooth – these tissues can play a vital role in re-implantation
- Call your dentist or endodontist for an emergency appointment. The length of time your tooth is out of its socket will determine whether or not it can be saved.
An injury can cause the tooth to be pushed partially into or pulled out of the socket. Your endodontist or general dentist can often reposition and stabilize the tooth with a splint. If the tooth remains healthy, then no further treatment is needed. If the tooth’s pulp becomes damaged or infected, then root canal treatment may be required.