Management For Dental Trauma
What Your Dentist Will Do
- Putting the tooth back in place sometimes can be simple. Other times it can be complicated, such as when the tooth or bone is broken. Your dentist will use water to flush debris from the socket. Then he or she will slip the tooth back into place. It is most important to re-implant the tooth as soon as possible. Ideally, this should occur within the hour of the accident.
- The dentist may perform a root canal right away, or may wait. The best course to take will depend upon how long the tooth was out of the mouth and other factors. In any case, the dentist will splint the avulsed tooth to the teeth on either side with a soft wire and fix with composite filling material. This will hold the tooth in place for several days. Your dentist will decide how long the splint should remain.
- If the bone around the tooth was not fractured, the root usually will reattach firmly to the bone in about three to four weeks. If there is more damage to the area may require six to eight weeks of repair time.
- Your dentist should examine the tooth again in three to six months. Unless there are signs of infection The dentist will follow up for the next two to three years to ensure that the tooth re-implanted successfully.