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Your teeth are tough. In fact, they are one of the toughest parts of the body. But they aren’t invincible. A collision while playing sports, a fall, an auto accident: these are just a few incidents that could result in an extruded tooth.

What is an extruded tooth? “Extruded” is a dental term for a tooth that is loose or is partially out of its socket do some impact or injury. Even though the tooth has not been knocked out, you still need to see your dentist as soon. If your tooth has not been broken, and the nerve and blood vessels are still intact and attached, there is a chance that the dentist can save it. If you find yourself with an extruded tooth, contact us at York Dental right away. We will do our best to get you in to see our doctors as soon as possible. In the meantime, you should use an over-the-counter pain medication and a cold compress to relieve the pain.

When you come in, the doctor will clean the affected area, and examine the tooth to see if it is intact. If the tooth is still viable, and the bone around the socket hasn’t been compromised by periodontal disease, one of our doctors, L. Eduardo Silva,Matthew G. Jelinek or Ines de Llano will put it back into the socket.

Once the tooth is back in place, the doctor may do one of three things to help it heal. The doctor may bond the tooth to a wire using composite resin; bond an orthodontic bracket to the tooth and the teeth around it; or bond a cloth or metal mesh to the tooth.

The doctor will set a date for you come back to the office to check the healing process. At that time, the doctor will assess whether or not a root canal is necessary. If a root canal is required, the doctor may put a crown on the tooth. If the tooth cannot be saved, the doctor will talk with you about ways you can restore the lost tooth.

If you have an extruded tooth, or if it just time for your cleaning and checkup and you live in the Edina, Minnesota area, contact us at 952-841-0122. We’ll be happy to make an appointment to address your dental needs.