Injuries to the mouth can cause teeth to be dislodged or pushed back into their sockets. Your endodontist or general dentist may reposition and stabilize your tooth. If the pulp remains healthy following injury, no other treatment may be necessary. An acute injury to the tooth may disrupt the blood flow into the root canal space resulting in inflammation or infection. Root canal treatment is usually needed if the pulp tissue is compromised. Treatment is usually started within a few weeks of the injury.
If an injury causes a tooth to be completely knocked out of your mouth, it is important that you are treated immediately! If possible, put the tooth back into the socket. You can also transport the tooth to our office in a cup of milk (preferred) or saline. Keep the tooth moist. Our dental office will reposition and stabilize the injured tooth. Root canal treatment is usually started within a couple weeks of the injury. The length of time the tooth was out of your mouth and the way the tooth was stored, may influence the type of treatment you receive.
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