When a tooth is partially loosened or dislodged from its socket, the dentist calls it an extruded tooth. As long as the nerve and blood vessels remain attached, an extruded tooth may be saved without root canal treatment depending on how displaced it is.
To save your tooth, it’s essential to see your dentist right away. You can use an over-the-counter pain reliever or apply a cold pack or ice to relieve pain until you reach the dental office
Your dentist will clean the area and then put the tooth back in the right position. He or she may use a plastic splint or orthodontic wire braces to keep the tooth stable until it has a chance to heal.
These materials will be left on for 7 to 10 days while the tooth heals in the socket. Your dentist will test in the next few weeks and months to see whether the nerve was damaged. These tests are not always reliable right away after a tooth is injured. If the nerves or blood vessels were damaged, your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment to prevent the tooth from becoming discolored and developing an abscess, which is an infection.
You may need to have the tooth crowned (capped) after the root canal. In some cases, it may not be possible to save the tooth. In this case, it will to be removed. Your dentist will decide the best way to restore the space created by the missing tooth.
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