my daughter knocked out one of her front teeth when she wrecked on her bike. can it be put back in.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 01 - October - 2011, at 01:40 AM

  • You have not mentioned the age of your daughter. If the tooth which is knocked out is a baby tooth, then it can’t be replanted. Baby tooth if replanted may hurt the permanent tooth bud. Don't do anything if it is a baby tooth which is knocked out.  If it is an adult tooth which is knocked out, then it can be replanted depending on the time of the knock, place of knock.  If tooth is preserved in a storage medium like hank’s solution or milk or patient’s saliva, then it gives better results. You should take your daughter to dental clinic asap without any delay. Success rate of replanted tooth depends on the time elapsed between tooth trauma and the treatment. For best results, patient should approach the dental clinic within 30 minutes after tooth avulsion.  If the dentist thinks that tooth can’t be saved, then the missing tooth should be replaced.  Option for replacement of missing tooth depends on the age of the patient. If your daughter is less than 17 years of age, then dental implants can’t be given to her. She can get flippers to replace the missing tooth and can later get dental implants. She can also get dental bridge for replacement of missing teeth but in that, the adjacent teeth are also grinded.  If crowding or orthodontic treatment is required, then the dentist may adjust the missing tooth space with braces treatment. Without clinical examination, it is difficult to give exact diagnosis. You have to refer to your dentist for this. For more info on replantation, you can refer to following article… http://www.identalhub.com/article_understanding-replantation-220.aspx

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