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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.
Avulsion is the term used when a tooth has been knocked completely out of its socket. 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.
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:
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 fixed splint may also be attached to the tooth to keep it in the right position for a few days.
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