Tooth Pushed Into Socket

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When you understand HOW and WHY things happen, your actions for treatment and prevention are vastly improved.

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Emergencies - Potential causes

  • Any impact injury that happens in the direction of the long axis of the teeth.

Emergencies - Symptoms

  • Tooth suddenly appears shorter without visible sign that the tip has been broken off.
  • Tooth is usually very solid and not loose.
  • Tooth is usually NOT sensitive to cold, heat, or air.
  • You may see bone around it pushed forward if bone was broken.

Emergencies - Relieve pain

  • This is an emergency situation where pain relief might be secondary to getting treatment quickly. Treatment timing is important for best long-term results.
  • Over the counter anti-inflammatory pain medicines, but NOT ASPIRIN. Typically acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used. These are to be swallowed only and not placed directly on the injury.
  • Ice packs on the face if swelling is external. Frozen vegetables like peas or corn make a good pliable ice pack. Wrap in a small thin towel (even a paper towel) before applying directly to skin in order to prevent freezer burn to the skin.

Emergencies - What to do

This type of injury may or may not involve visibly broken bone around the tooth. As opposed to other types of injuries that reposition the teeth, in this case:

  1. DO NOT try to pull the tooth back into its original position. Your dentist will need to take x-rays before determining the best type of treatment.
  2. Stay calm and keep your child calm. Your injured child may be in shock and will look for cues from you about the seriousness of the matter.
  3. Contact your child’s dentist and get them there as soon as is feasible.

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NOTE: Any recommendations given can only be construed as general information. It is impossible for me to know your specific circumstances. I am not your family’s personal dentist. This material should NOT be used to diagnose the presence or absence of any particular ailment. This information is not intended to be a substitute for the services of a locally qualified dental health care professional. Any application of the material found on this website is at the reader’s discretion and is her or his sole responsibility. If there is any question, contact your dentist or other qualified dental health care professional.
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