To save the tooth, you must see your dentist right away. Leave the tooth in your mouth even though it is partially out of the socket. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever or apply a cold pack or ice to relieve pain until you reach the dental office.
The tooth needs to be secured in its original position by connecting it to the healthy teeth on either side. There are three ways to do this:
These materials will be left on for 7 to 10 days while the tooth heals in the socket.
It is critical to follow up with your dentist 7 to 10 days later. If the tooth's nerve or blood vessels were damaged, your dentist may want to do root canal treatment. This keeps the tooth from becoming discolored or developing an abscess, which is an infection. Your dentist will test in the next weeks and months to see whether the nerve was damaged. These tests are not always reliable right after a tooth is injured.
If the dentist decides that root canal treatment is needed, you may need to have the tooth crowned (capped) after the root canal. In some cases, it may not be possible to save the tooth. In this case, it will have to be removed. Your dentist will decide the best way to restore the space created by the missing tooth.