Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tooth Avulsion Treatment

Treatment for a dental injury depends on the severity and location of the injury. Almost all injuries require treatment by a dentist within 24 hours, except for a superficial fracture of the enamel, which does not require treatment. Fractures that involve the layers underneath the enamel usually cause pain. The dentist will repair the tooth or apply a crown.

A tooth that has come completely out of the socket should be rinsed and replaced as soon as possible. A person with a loose tooth should eat a very soft diet and follow-up with a dentist within 24 hours. A partially dislodge tooth must be moved back into normal position as soon as possible.

In some cases, antibiotics are prescribed in order to prevent infection. Severe dental injuries that include the surrounding bone or gum may require surgery to repair the broken bone or lacerated gum.

Treatment of dental injuries may include:

  • Wound care for dental injuries:
  • Antibiotics for dental injuries
  • Dental sealants
    • Protective barriers applied to the surface of the teeth
  • Tooth repair:
    • Dental bonding
    • Dental crown
    • Root canal
  • Tooth avulsion:
    • Partially dislodged adult teeth must be returned to their normal position.
    • Completely dislodged permanent teeth need to be reimplanted as soon as possible.
    • Dislodged primary teeth in children should not be returned to their original position or re-implanted

Tooth Avulsion Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat dental injuries:

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Tooth Avulsion References
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