Traumatic dental injuries ofter occur in accidents or sports-related injuries. Chipped teeth account for the majority of all dental injuries, however, dislodged or avulsed teeth are examples of less frequent, but more severe injuries. Treatment depends on the type, location and severity of each injury.
Injuries to the mouth can cause teeth to be pushed sideways, out of or into their sockets. Your endodontist or general dentist may reposition and stabilize your tooth. Root canal treatment is usually started within a few weeks of the injury and a medication, such as calcium hydroxide, will be placed inside the tooth. Eventually, a permanent root canal filling will be implanted.
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 avulsed tooth back into the socket. A tooth can be saved if it remains moist. If you are unable to place the tooth into its socket you can keep the tooth moist in a glass of milk and minimize contact with the root. After replantation of tooth a stabilizing splint will be placed for a 2-4 weeks. Depending on the stage of root development, root canal treatment will be initiated in 1-2 weeks.
The length of time the tooth was out of your mouth and the way the tooth was stored, greatly influence the long-term survival of the tooth.