What to Do with a Dislodged Tooth
Dental trauma can push a tooth further into its socket, dislodge it from its socket, or push it sideways. This injury is called a dislodged or luxated tooth. A dislodged tooth is a dental emergency that requires immediate attention from a dental professional.
In many cases, prompt treatment can protect the tooth and prevent its loss. Do not touch, push, or pull the tooth after the accident, but do call us as soon as possible. Over-the-counter pain medications and cool compresses can help keep you comfortable. Once you reach our office, we will anesthetize the area. We may also take dental X-rays to determine the extent of the injury. If the tooth can be saved, it will need to be stabilized. We may splint the tooth by connecting it to adjacent healthy teeth.
Some damage may not be visible immediately after your accident, so you may need to be monitored over the next few days to ensure that you are healing. If the pulp of the tooth, which contains the sensitive nerve, blood vessels, and soft tissues, has been damaged, you may need a root canal treatment to reduce the risk of infection or abscess. Children may not need a root canal treatment, but they will also need to undergo periodic monitoring to ensure that the area heals as it should.
Contact our office today to learn more about handling dental emergencies such as dislodged teeth or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Northridge.