A dislodged or avulsed tooth- one that has been ripped from its socket- is nothing to take lightly. Traumatic dental injuries such as these should be addressed promptly. Our Canarsie endodontist, Dr. Michael Feinberg, wants you to know what you should do in the event that one or more of your teeth has been dislodged from its socket so that you can increase your odds of saving it and having the best possible outcome. In many cases, the tooth can be saved either by Dr. Feinberg reattaching it into the socket or performing a root canal procedure.
If you find yourself with a dislodged tooth, it is very important to come see our Canarsie endodontist right away. In the time between calling our office and getting seen by Dr. Feinberg, you can take over the counter pain relief medication or use an ice pack on the affected area to assist in managing your pain. Dr. Feinberg will assess the situation, clean the socket and the surrounding area and if possible try get the tooth back firmly into its proper position. If your tooth’s pulp has not been damaged, this may be all the treatment you need. An orthodontic wire bracket or a plastic splint may also be utilized to help in keeping the tooth in place as it heals.
In the event that there has been damage to the pulp or to the nerves, our Canarsie endodontist may need to perform root canal therapy. Without it, the tooth might become infected or discolored. A root canal procedure would give you the best chance of saving the tooth in this instance. It would not be able to be done right away, however. Typically, a few weeks are needed during which medication such as calcium hydroxide is put inside the tooth.
With an avulsed tooth, you should keep the tooth moist. If possible, try to put it back into the socket. If this is not possible, placing it in water (with a pinch of salt) or milk is a good idea, but it is essential that it remain moist in order to save it. An avulsed tooth usually calls for immediate root canal treatment from our Canarsie endodontist, presuming that the tooth is savable.