Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Teeth
Accidental trauma is one of the most common types of dental emergencies, and in severe cases, the result can be more than just a cracked or fractured tooth. If the force of the trauma is severe enough, it may completely knock one or more of your teeth out of their sockets within your jawbone. A knocked-out tooth, or avulsed tooth, can pose a number of problems, not the least of which is severe discomfort and bleeding in the surrounding oral tissues. The loss of the tooth can also pose a significant threat to your long-term oral health by throwing your bite off balance and increasing your risks of further tooth loss.
If Your Tooth Is Knocked Out
If you experience tooth avulsion, then you should schedule an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible. The longer you wait to receive treatment, the more of a threat the tooth’s absence will become to your oral health. Before restoring your smile, your dentist will ensure that the trauma hasn’t caused damage to the jawbone or tissues surrounding the tooth and its root. If it has, then your dentist may refer you to an oral/maxillofacial specialist to repair your smile’s foundation.
To replace the tooth, your dentist will likely recommend a dental implant and crown. The implant post can replace the root of your lost tooth, and the lifelike crown will restore your smile’s appearance and the full function of your bite.