Traumatic Injuries

There are several ways in which teeth can become traumatized. In some instances, a portion of the tooth might fracture, while in others a change in the position of a tooth might occur. Depending on the severity of the trauma, root canal treatment may be required in addition to repositioning or stabilizing the tooth. In situations where the tooth is completely knocked out of the mouth, immediate treatment is vital for the survival of the tooth.

If possible, place the tooth back into the socket while avoiding touching the root of the tooth (it is best to hold the tooth by the white) and bite onto a handkerchief to maintain its position. While it is okay to rinse the tooth briefly if it is dirty, soaking the tooth in water should be strongly avoided. In the event the tooth cannot be placed back into the socket, store the tooth in milk or saline solution and seek emergency dental treatment immediately.