When it comes to dental trauma, a tooth luxation can be one of the most frightening things to experience, particularly if it’s affecting a permanent tooth. We’ll explore the lateral luxation of a tooth in greater depth, from symptoms and causes to diagnosis and treatment options.
There are a couple of different types of tooth luxation. From least to most serious, they include:
The lateral luxation of a tooth is generally quite easy to spot, purely from a visual aspect. If the tooth has been forced into the bone, it will lock into its new position. This means that it won’t move around or be particularly tender or painful to touch. However, there is likely to be a sensation of mild pain during any sort of clinical examination of the tooth. If you do suffer from a tooth luxation, it’s important that you seek expert treatment from a dentist as soon as possible.
The most common cause of a tooth luxation is dental trauma. This can mean virtually anything, including:
So, whether you’ve been hit in the face by a hockey stick or fallen off a motorcycle, any sufficient amount of force can cause a tooth luxation.
After you visit a dentist, you’ll experience several different assessments and diagnostic tests to work out whether you’ve suffered from a tooth luxation:
After you’ve been diagnosed as having a tooth luxation, you’ll be able to receive treatment from your dentist.
Lateral luxation of a tooth can be treated in a few different ways:
Immediately after treatment, it’s probably worth sticking to soft foods for a couple of weeks, as well as maintaining excellent oral healthcare. In the long term, you’ll need to receive regular check-ups from your dentist. Your check-ups will include both clinical and radiographic examinations, and you’ll need to have regular check ups for up to five years after your tooth luxation.
Think that you’re suffering from a lateral tooth luxation? Get in touch with 1-800-DENTIST to book your next appointment with a local dentist.