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Why is a tooth avulsion a dental emergency?

Stanislav Moline
Endodontics
Tooth avulsion is an emergency, because if the tooth is not re-implanted within 60 minutes, there is a very high chance of losing the tooth. Remember: Rinse, but do NOT scratch the root of the tooth before re-placing it back (if the tooth is less than 60 minutes out of the mouth). 

If the tooth is out, place it in 2% cold milk (NOT water), then go to an endodontist or an oral surgeon (not ER if possible), who are usually well-trained to deal with the avulsion. Remember, if you cannot get to an endodontist or an oral surgeon to re-place the tooth in under 60 minutes, rinse it (no scratching), then place it back yourself, then go and find an endodontist or an oral surgeon.
A tooth avulsion is the total displacement of a tooth from its socket and is usually caused by a blow. If the tooth comes out of its socket try, if possible ,to put it back and see a dentist immediately. The dentist will splint the tooth and provide antibiotics to prevent infection.

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