Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Permanent Tooth Avulsion Home Care

Secondary tooth avulsion will require timely dental care to realign or re-implant the tooth.

Home care for minor dental injuries includes:

  • Apply cold compresses for swelling of the face:
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours.
  • Eat a soft diet.
    • Do not eat foods that you must tear with your teeth, such as pizza crust.

Home care for serious tooth injuries includes:

Home care for completely dislodged teeth includes:
  • Do not touch the root of the tooth.
  • Rinse off the tooth in tap water.
  • For adult teeth:
    • Determine the normal position of the tooth.
    • Place the dislodged tooth back in its socket.
    • Bite down gently on gauze to hold the tooth in place.
    • Place the tooth in milk if you are unable to place the tooth back into the socket.
    • See a dentist immediately.
  • Do not place a dislodged baby tooth back into the socket.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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