Many teeth are knocked-out of their sockets every year due to accidents, fights and sports injuries. Most of these teeth are lost forever, leaving their owners with no other option but to resort to dentures or bridges. But did you know that an avulsed tooth (that’s what dentists call a knocked-out chomper) can be saved by simply re-implanting it back into its socket? Properly done, the root of the tooth can reattach to the jaw bone and reclaim its rightful place to last for years.
However, to be successful, the re-implantation must be done immediately while the cells at the root of the tooth are still alive. The sooner the tooth is replaced, the better chances of saving it. The American Association of Endodontists recommends the following steps to successfully save a knocked-out tooth: Continue reading