What to Do if a Tooth Becomes Dislodged
A dislodged tooth is considered a dental emergency and needs to be treated by a professional right away. It is a tooth that has been moved from its position as a result of trauma. It may be pushed deeper into its socket, shoved sideways or pushed out of its socket, without being completely knocked out. If you have a dislodged tooth, you need to seek dental care as soon as possible. In the meantime, leave the tooth in place and do not try to reposition it on your own. Rinse carefully with warm water spray or a saline solution. An over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, can help ease discomfort.
Treatment can vary based on the extent of the injury and your individual needs. A root canal treatment may be needed and should be started as soon as possible. The tooth will also need to be properly positioned in its socket and stabilized. Children who have had a dislodged tooth will need prompt intervention, as well, but may not need a root canal. Each case is unique and will need to be evaluated to determine specific treatment needs.
After treatment, eat a soft diet for a few weeks to reduce the pressure on the tooth. Use a soft toothbrush to brush after each meal to reduce the risk of bacterial buildup. Also, avoid contact sports, because further damage can occur. Use any prescribed mouthwash or medication as recommended. Seek immediate dental care if you have any signs of infection or other complications. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our emergency dentist.
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