Dental avulsion occurs when a tooth is forcibly torn out of the gum line causing damage to dental structure and gum tissue. A child or adult can experience a knocked out tooth due to an accident or injury. A medical emergency such as concussion or bleeding may be associated with dental trauma. Your best dentist for dealing with knocked out teeth in Dublin.


In sporting activities such as boxing or rugby dental avulsion may happen if the mouth is injured during physical contact. For this reason, it is common for sports players to wear dental mouth guards or shields to protect their teeth and gums from damage.

Childhood Dental Avulsion


Similarly, treatment for child dental avulsion where milk teeth fall out differs from adult dental avulsion. Children’s milk teeth are in the process of being replaced by developing adult teeth, whereas adults already have their set of permanent adult teeth.


With children, if dental avulsion occurs prematurely due to injury, it may be better to simply treat the painful symptoms and allow the tooth socket to heal as the adult tooth develops in the avulsed tooth’s place.

Adult dental avulsion


Seeking early dental treatment for tooth avulsion can help save the tooth and allow for healthy recovery. Individuals suffering from dental trauma where one or more teeth is knocked out or detached can do the following to preserve structure:


  • Save the detached tooth or tooth parts
  • Contact an emergency dentist or local dentist as soon as possible after the injury; preferably within an hour
  • Hold the tooth at the crown and not the root to protect it from further trauma
  • Do not pull a tooth out that is hanging from a dental nerve
  • Gently hold an avulsed tooth in place within the socket by biting down on cotton until emergency treatment may be received
  • Keep a knocked out tooth covered in milk or in the cheek of the mouth
  • Dental trauma such as tooth avulsion can cause bleeding from the tooth socket. Placing cotton wool over the socket can help to absorb the blood before proper dental care is sought

Treating Dental Avulsion

Dental avulsion is different to a loose or dislodged tooth because the tooth structure is either forcibly knocked out or may be partially detached. If partial detachment occurs the tooth may hang from a dental nerve, and preserving this nerve is important for full recovery. Treatment for dental avulsion or detachment differs from treatment for loose or dislodged teeth. Dentists assess a person’s oral condition to identify the type of oral trauma and appropriate treatment.


Benefits of Dental Implants


Dental implants are inserted into the tooth socket and soon fuse with natural bone structure for stable support.


Crowns, bridges or dentures may be secured with dental implants for better retention. Patients often choose implant-supported replacement teeth for natural-feeling teeth. However, there are options in fixed and removable dentures to suit patient needs.


Having a full set of teeth through artificial dental replacement allows individuals to enjoy meals, conversation and a sense of well-being. Although dental implants are an increasingly popular option to secure false teeth, individuals have choices in bridge to crown attachment and removable dentures.

Dentistry procedures for dental avulsion


A dentist may be able to save an avulsed tooth if an individual has acted to preserve the tooth and sought immediate dental care. There may be the possibility of re-implanting the avulsed tooth back in the socket to regenerate tooth structure. The sooner dental care is received the better the likelihood of dental recovery with less extensive treatment.


When an individual with an avulsed tooth arrives for emergency dental care, the mouth is X-rayed to determine the extent of oral trauma. The avulsed tooth is re-inserted in the tooth socket and a dental splint may be used to position the avulsed tooth in place. Using a splint allows the tooth to re-align correctly with other tooth structures.


A dental splint facilitates the avulsed tooth’s growth back into its straight position. Some individuals can find dental splint treatment uncomfortable but it does enable preservation of existing tooth structure.


Dental avulsion and missing teeth replacement


Where a tooth is lost or not able to be saved, or treatment is not sought in a timely manner, the missing tooth may leave a gap in the smile.


Although some individuals opt to live with the missing tooth, gaps have the potential to cause improper bite, misaligned teeth and other health conditions. Some people suffer with lack of confidence due to one or more missing teeth, and tooth gaps may also shrink facial volume giving a tired, aged look.


Dental treatments for missing teeth aim to provide healthy oral function and enhanced facial appearance. Patients have a range of treatments to choose from, including:


  • Dental implants to serve as substitute tooth roots
  • Artificial tooth restorations (crowns, bridges or dentures)


Accessing treatment for dental avulsion


Our clinic provides late night emergency dental care for tooth avulsion. We offer individuals and families appointments to suit their busy schedules. Get in touch with us by phone or email and we can book an appointment.


Can you fix a knocked out tooth?

If you knock out your adult tooth its chances of being saved or fixed are increased if it is put back into place or it is placed in milk as soon as possible. It is also crucial to get to the dentist as quickly as possible after a tooth has been knocked out. It is vital to avoid damaging the tooth even more.

What should I keep the tooth in?

Keep the tooth moist as moist as possible. Place it into a glass of milk. If this is not possible, keep the tooth in your mouth, between the cheek and gum. A young child may not be able to do this safely without the chance of it being swallowed. Get the child spit into a cup with their saliva. The most important thing is to keep the tooth moist.

How long can a knocked out tooth last?

If the tooth’s surrounding bone was not fractured, the root can sometimes reattach firmly to the bone. This may take up to 3 or 4 weeks usually. Any other damage to the tooth and area may repair in 6 to 8 weeks. It is important to go back to the dentist a few weeks after the original incident to ensure the tooth is healing correctly.

Can you get dry socket from a knocked-out tooth?

Dry socket occurs when the blood clot doesn’t form or comes away after the removal of a tooth. Dry socket is more common with tooth extractions but can also happen when a tooth is knocked out at the nerve and bone can be exposed. To prevent getting dry socket avoid brushing the area, smoking or rinsing after the trauma occurred.

Why put a tooth in milk when it falls out?

Milk is recommended for keeping knocked out teeth because cells in the root can swell up and burst when they are placed in water which doesn’t happen with milk. It also contains proteins that are antibacterial and sugars that help cells to grow. This means the tooth has a better chance of staying in place and reconnecting when put back in the gum.

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