A knocked-out tooth (known technically as a tooth avulsion) is one of the most common dental injuries, as well as one of the most serious. They can be traumatic, but it’s important to remember that an avulsion isn’t untreatable as long as you act quickly. We’ll explore the ins and outs of tooth avulsion, including what causes them, what you can do before you get to your dentist and the type of treatment that you can expect to receive.
A tooth avulsion is defined by the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry as “the complete displacement of a tooth out of its socket.” In other words, it’s when one of your permanent teeth is knocked out. You can save the tooth and replant it into the socket if you act fast. However, delaying emergency care will make this impossible.
Any sort of trauma has the potential to cause a tooth avulsion. They’re relatively common sporting injuries, occurring frequently with children and young people as a result, but a tooth avulsion can be caused by a wide range of traumas to the face or mouth.
After a tooth has avulsed, immediate treatment is absolutely vital. The most critical factor in determining whether the tooth can be saved is time. Ideally, you should receive professional treatment within one hour of the avulsion. This means that your first act should always be to get in touch with your dentist and book an emergency appointment. Next, you need to be extremely careful with how you handle the avulsed tooth:
The procedure to put your tooth back into place can vary, and sometimes it simply isn’t possible to save the tooth. The course of treatment will differ depending on whether the tooth was replanted prior to arriving at the dentist or whether it’s been stored in something else, as well as how long it’s been since the tooth avulsion and whether the tooth has an open or closed apex.
Don’t delay treatment for your avulsed tooth – time is the difference between saving the tooth and losing it. If you’ve suffered from a tooth avulsion, get in touch with 1-800-DENTIST and book an emergency appointment right away.