What to Do with a Dislodged Tooth
A dislodged tooth is a tooth that has been pushed out of or deeper into its socket. This often occurs as a direct blow to the mouth, and it can be extremely painful. If you have a dislodged tooth, it is considered a dental emergency. Seeking treatment as soon as possible can help save the tooth.
If you have suffered a dislodged tooth, seek professional care quickly. Gently close your teeth to stabilize the tooth until you reach the dental office. Adults will often need to have a root canal treatment. This removes the soft tissues from the inside of the tooth. The tooth will need to be repositioned and stabilized, and the root canal treatment will need to be initiated within a few days. Medications may also be used to reduce the risk of infection or promote healing.
Children who have suffered a dislodged tooth may not need a root canal treatment. Their teeth are still developing and may heal naturally. Instead, the tooth will be stabilized and closely monitored during the healing stage to ensure it heals properly. Interventions may still be needed in the future if the tooth does not heal as expected. However, children between seven and 12 have stem cells in the pulps of their teeth which can stimulate healing and growth.
A dislodged tooth is a dental emergency. If you have this or another dental emergency in Los Angeles, we can help. Call us to schedule your appointment.
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