Dislodged teeth: In some cases, teeth may be knocked crooked. We will reposition the tooth properly in its socket. In most cases, a root canal will be part of the restorative process. Some children may not need a root canal, but their healing must be monitored to ensure they are recovering properly.
Knocked-out teeth: If a tooth is knocked out, we will place it back in its socket with a stabilizing splint, and check your surrounding teeth. Once the tooth is stable, we will perform a root canal. Since the length of time the tooth is out of your mouth is a key factor in successfully saving it, contact us immediately if you lose a tooth. If it is not possible to save the tooth, we will discuss other options with you.
Root fractures: Injuries to the tooth may also result in a horizontal root fracture. If the fracture is close to the root tip, there is a good chance of repairing the fracture. The closer to the gum line, the lower the chance of success. Stabilization with a splint is the most common treatment.
First Aid can save your tooth.
Knowing what to do if you injure a tooth can make all the difference!If your tooth is chipped or cracked, or knocked out of alignment:
- DO NOT use a topical oral pain medication like Anbesol® or ointment.
- DO NOT place an aspirin or other pain reliever on the affected area.
- DO bite on clean, moist gauze or cloth.
- CONTACT our Garden City office immediately at (516) 222-1822.
- CONTACT our Hicksville office immediately at (516) 217-7000.
- CONTACT our Patchogue office immediately at (631) 447-6060.
- CONTACT our emergency number after hours at (866) 250-3406.
If your tooth is knocked completely out of your mouth REMEMBER, TIME is of the essence
- Avoid touching the root of the tooth.
- If it is dirty, rinse it with water. DO NOT USE SOAP.
- DO NOT SCRAPE OR BRUSH THE TOOTH.
- If possible, place the tooth back in its socket as best you can.
- If you cannot replace the tooth, put it in a solution such as Save-A-Tooth, available at most drug stores. If such a solution is not available, put the tooth in milk. NEVER put the tooth in water.
- You may also hold the tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum.
The sooner you call, the better your chances of saving your tooth.