If you lose a tooth, whether to an emergency case or another situation, it is important to understand your options regarding filling that space. If you are able to save the tooth that was knocked out, a tooth reimplantation, or transplant, may be an option for you. However, time is of the essence — this emergency dental procedure demands a quick reimplantation, and is usually recommended to occur within an hour of when the tooth was dislodged. We advise that you do not touch the roots of the tooth, and if the tooth is clean, insert it back into its original gum socket. If it is not clean, we recommend that you rinse it in milk or water. If you are unable to reposition your tooth, we ask that you temporarily place it in water, milk or saline until you are able to see Dr. Siny Thomas.
For your tooth reimplantation procedure, we will flush out your gum socket with a solution, and then place the tooth back in its place. Dr. Thomas will have you bite down on a piece of gauze, and stabilize the tooth in place with a splint that attaches to the adjacent teeth. This mechanism will remain in place for approximately seven to 10 days.