Traumatic Tooth Injuries

Luxated (Displaced) Teeth

image showing displaced tooth injuryInjuries to the mouth can cause teeth to be pushed back 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.

Sometimes a tooth may be pushed partially out of the socket. Again, your endodontist or general dentist may reposition and stabilize your tooth. If the pulp remains healthy, then no other treatment is necessary. Yet, if the pulp becomes damaged or infected, root canal treatment will be required.

Avulsed (Knocked-out) Teeth

image showing knocked out tooth injuryIf an injury causes a tooth to be completely knocked out of your mouth, it is important that you are treated immediately!

image showing splinted tooth injuryIf this happens to you, keep the tooth moist. If possible, put it back into the socket. A tooth can be saved if it remains moist. You can even put the tooth in milk. Your Endodontist may start root canal treatment based upon the stage of root development. The length of time the tooth was out of your mouth and the way the tooth was stored, may influence the type of treatment you receive.

A Quick Guide to Managing a Tooth Injury:

illustrated guide to managing a tooth injury