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Dislodged Teeth

It can be very upsetting if a tooth is knocked out. Sometimes, however, teeth aren’t always knocked right out and instead, they’re what an emergency dentist in Manchester would call partially dislodged teeth. You may be surprised to know that this is a very common dental emergency in Manchester and provided the right care and attention is received, the tooth can normally be replanted and repaired.

Why do teeth get dislodged?

Teeth are quite exposed – there’s no layer of fat or muscle to protect them from impacts – so if anyone plays a contact sport, for example, then at some point their teeth are likely to be struck. It’s not just on the sports field either. Dislodged teeth are quite common in boisterous young children playing in the house. For this reason, it’s important that parents know what they should do if the worse happens. The good news is that our teeth are protected to some extent by the root which holds them in place deep inside the gums; so provided teeth and gums are healthy it’s usually quite difficult to dislodge a tooth. That said, accidents can and do happen.

What you should do immediately

This is what our emergency dentist in Manchester had to say. “There are two types of dislodged teeth.

  • The tooth has come partially out of the jaw and is loosely waggling around
  • A knock on the tooth has caused it to go further into the gum

Although both cases are totally different, treatment is the same.

  • Step 1 – This is a dental emergency in Manchester so contact your dentist right away. To stand the best chance of the tooth being successfully replanted, dentists recommend treatment within an hour.
  • Step 2 – Relieving the pain. Normally Ibuprofen or similar over the counter painkillers will ease any pain and an ice pack will keep down any swelling to the cheeks or jaw.

What not to do

Do not waggle your tooth around further or be tempted to just pull it out and worry about it later. At this stage, there’s a good chance that it can be saved so focus your attention instead on getting to your emergency dentist in Manchester as quickly as you can.

What your dentist will do

Provided the nerves are still connected and the tooth is receiving its blood supply the dentist will clean up the tooth and replace it in its socket. A splint will be used to hold it in place while the gums heal around it and the tooth stabilises.

In cases of dislodged teeth where the nerves are damaged and blood isn’t reaching the tooth, root canal treatment may be required. Although technically the tooth is dead, it can still be replanted and having a root canal stops the tooth discolouring.

In the event that the tooth can’t be saved, it will need to be extracted although this is always the last resort.”

If you or a family member suffers a dislodged tooth then don’t delay. Call Emergency Dentist in Manchester on 0161 485 7376 right away.




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No matter how careful we are, accidents can happen. Did you know for example that over 5 million teeth are dislodged each year in both adults and children?

This being the case, it’s important to be prepared for such an emergency. A trauma to the mouth or face may only leave you with a small injury such as a slight chip to your tooth enamel. However, sometimes it can leave you facing more serious issues such as dislodged teeth or a knocked out tooth.

While it’s true that a knocked out tooth can be successfully reimplanted, when such a scary dental emergency occurs, it’s our natural reaction to panic. That said, it’s crucial to act fast and there are a few important steps you must take in order to ensure that you get the best chance at saving your tooth. Let’s take a look at exactly what you need to do in this situation and what knocked out tooth treatment your dentist can then provide.

Knocked Out Tooth Treatment

A knocked out tooth

Aside from deep lacerations to your mouth or gums, knocking a tooth out and dislodged teeth are considered one of the most urgent dental emergencies and both require an extremely fast response. The technical term used in dentistry for a knocked out tooth is called ‘tooth avulsion.’ Avulsion comes from the Latin word ‘avellere’ meaning ‘to tear off.’  Remember, if you find yourself in this situation, call us immediately and make your over way to us as quickly as possible.

It’s worth noting that milk teeth which are knocked out in young children may not be viewed as a dental emergency as such because they’ll eventually be replaced by permanent ones.

What you can do

Generally, the sooner your tooth is placed back into its socket once again, the better chance it has of surviving in the long-term. With that in mind, here are 5 important steps to take if you’ve suffered a knocked out tooth:

1. Pick up your tooth

If you can find your tooth, pick it up by touching only the crown (this is the part that’s visible inside your mouth) and try not to touch the root. If you can’t see your tooth, try hard to find it. Although it’s really rare, it’s possible in some cases that it can accidentally be breathed into the lungs when a trauma occurs.

2. Rinse the tooth gently

If your tooth comes flying out of your mouth during an impact onto the floor, or you notice that it’s visibly dirty, it’s natural to want to scrub it clean first. However, it’s really important not to scrub the tooth, especially not the root (which is the part that’s usually hidden underneath your gums) as this could lead to further damage to the tooth and drastically reduce the chances of successfully re-implanting it. It’s best to gently rinse the tooth with tap water, milk, saliva or a saline solution.

3. Put the tooth back into its socket

If you can, try to gently reinsert your dislodged teeth or tooth back into the sockets in your mouth and hold it there. It’s important that the tooth remains moist and doesn’t dry out. If you don’t feel confident, skip this and go straight to step 4.

A couple of other points worth mentioning are:

  • Make sure it’s a permanent tooth – if you try to reimplant a milk tooth you could accidentally damage the developing tooth underneath, so in this case, it’s best to go straight to step 4.
  • Make sure you’ve got the whole tooth – if the tooth is fractured anywhere along the root, it’s best to wait until you get to see your dentist before trying to re-insert it, to check the tooth can be saved. Again, in this case, go straight to step 4.

4. Keep the tooth moist

If for whatever reason you’re unable to re-insert the knocked out tooth back into your mouth, you need to make sure you keep it moist. In order to do this you can place the tooth in either:

  • A balanced salt solution
  • Milk
  • Mouth (next to your cheek)

Using regular tap water to preserve your tooth while you get to your dentist for knocked out tooth treatment isn’t recommended, as the root surface cells don’t tolerate being in the water for very long.

5. Get your dentist

Get an appointment with us quickly (within 30 minutes if possible) and bring your tooth along with you.

Knocked out tooth treatment

Once you get to us we’ll be able to determine if your tooth looks in good enough condition to be saved and re-implanted. We’ll take some x-rays to check the bone, flush any debris away from the socket and then carefully reinsert the tooth back into the correct position in the socket.

Depending on your situation, we may carry out root canal there and then but whatever the case, we’ll splint your knocked out tooth to the teeth either side using a wire or composite resin material. This is to hold your tooth securely in position while it heals. Healing can take between 4-8 weeks, depending on whether the bone around the tooth was fractured or not.

Top tips to keep your smile safe

Your smile is precious, so it’s important to care for it and protect it. To do this, always avoid using your teeth as tools. Never open bottles or packages with your teeth and avoid chewing ice cubes, hard sweets or anything stubborn that could crack a tooth. If you play rough contact sports make sure you wear a mouth guard! This helps to drastically minimise the chances of damage to your teeth but also your lips, cheek, and tongue.

Remember the key to saving your tooth is following the 5 steps listed and getting to your dentist quickly for knocked out tooth treatment. Here at Church Road Dental practice, we offer an out of hours dental emergency service where you can rest assured that you’re in the best possible hands with our experienced team. So if you find yourself suffering from dislodged teeth or a knocked out tooth, follow the advice above and then call us immediately on 0161 485 7376.









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