Avulsed Tooth (knocked out tooth)
Many children and adults experience the loss of a tooth throughout their lives. However, many people are unaware of the appropriate course of action to take when a tooth is knocked out.
When a tooth becomes avulsed it is commonly due to a severe blow to the face. This could be due to a sporting injury, an accident, or an assault. Therefore, it is vital to consider wider health issues that could emerge such as bleeding, disorientation, or a concussion.
What is tooth avulsion?
Avulsion is the term used when a tooth has been knocked completely out of its setting. Therefore, it has either fallen out entirety or is just hanging on by the soft tissues. It is important for patients not to confuse the issue with a tooth that has been dislodged but not completely knocked out. The treatment required for both of these ailments is slightly different.
Saving an avulsed tooth
In many cases, an avulsed tooth can be saved if patients seek treatment quickly enough. A number of basic actions can be taken to ensure the avulsed tooth has the best possible chance of being saved:
- If the tooth is scattered or fragmented as a result of the accident, it can often be extremely difficult to put back in place. However, we recommend that patients try to keep all the shards if possible.
- Those individuals whose tooth remains in one piece should see an emergency dentist within one hour. Although this may be difficult for many people, it can be the difference between restoring a tooth and losing it forever.
- Avoid touching the root so it does not become damaged or infected. Hold the crown instead.
- In addition, although it may seem tempting to pull a tooth out that is hanging on a nerve, it is vital for patients to resist and get to a dental clinic as quickly as possible. Those that do remain fixed to a nerve are often more likely to be successfully replanted.
- If a tooth is avulsed, place it back into its socket. Placing a piece of cotton over the loose tooth and biting down will keep it in place until an emergency dentist has been consulted.
- Alternatively, loose teeth should be carried in a cup of milk to help them remain as healthy as possible.
Treatment for an avulsed tooth
Initially, our emergency dentist will carry out X-rays on the tooth and cheek to ensure a tooth has been successfully placed back into the socket. A splint may also be attached to the tooth to keep it in the right position.
What if the treatment is unsuccessful?
If the treatment fails then there are options for tooth replacement. A patient could consider dentures, a dental bridge, or a dental implant.
Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week. You can book an emergency dentist appointment by calling us on 0203 750 5300 or emailing us or book an appointment online (24 hours).