Information about Partially Dislodged (Extruded) Tooth
We Have to Know about the Partially Dislodged (Extruded) Tooth
- Sometimes a tooth is knocked loose or comes partway out of its socket. It is called as an extruded tooth. If the tooth’s nerve and blood vessels are still attached, the tooth may be saved.
- To save the tooth, you must see a dentist right away. Take an over-the-counter pain killer or apply a cold pack or ice to relieve pain until you reach the dental clinic.
Steps To Save a Knocked-Out Tooth
- Get to the dentist as quickly as possible. The odds of saving a tooth are highest in young children, but adult teeth can be saved as well.
- The blood vessels and nerves in knocked-out (“avulsed”) teeth usually are damaged beyond repair. But tiny ligaments in the jaw can reattach to the root of the tooth once it’s put back into place.
- To improve the tooth’s chances
- Handle the tooth carefully. Try not to touch the root (the part of the tooth that was under the gum). It can be damaged easily.
- If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the upper part (the crown) and rinse it with milk. If you don’t have any milk, leave the tooth alone. Don’t wipe it off with a washcloth, shirt or other cloth, this could damage the tooth.
- Keep the tooth moist. Drop it into a glass of milk or a cup of water. The most important thing is to keep the tooth moist.
- Try slipping the tooth back into its socket. In many cases, it will slip right in. Make sure it’s facing the right way. Don’t try to force it into the socket. If it doesn’t go back into place easily and without pressure, then just keep it moist (in milk, saliva or water) and get to the dentist as soon as you can.
- It usually takes about two weeks for ligaments in the jaw to firmly reattach to the tooth. A knocked-out tooth that has been replaced probably will need root canal treatment. This will remove the damaged nerve and keep the tooth from darkening. It also helps to prevent infection.
What the dentist will do
- The dentist will clean the area and then put the tooth back in the socket. He or she may use a plastic splint or wire brackets to keep the tooth stable while it heals.
- If the tooth’s nerve or blood vessels are damaged, the dentist may want to do root canal treatment. This keeps the tooth from becoming discolored or developing an abscess, which is an infection.
In some cases, it may not be possible to save the tooth. In this case, it will have to be removed. The dentist will decide the best way to restore the space created by the missing tooth.