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What is dental avulsion?

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Good oral health and a sense of well-being are essential for a happy and fulfilling life. However, many people suffer from dental problems that affect their self-esteem and overall health. Dental aesthetics is a specialty that aims to provide solutions for healthy teeth and an attractive appearance, thereby strengthening self-esteem and confidence. By focusing on the medical, anatomical, and biological characteristics of the person treated, dental aesthetics addresses preventive, therapeutic, and aesthetic aspects.

Consequences of Avulsion

Losing a tooth makes it difficult to speak and eat. In addition, it impacts the oral health and physical appearance of the person.

Generally, these lesions affect the central incisor teeth and are most frequently reported in children between the ages of 7 and 11 years.

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What to do in case of dental avulsion?

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In the event of an event such as avulsion, action must be taken quickly and effectively to preserve the tooth.

The first step during an emergency is to control bleeding. The affected area should be washed with plenty of water. Then a gauze moistened with hydrogen peroxide is placed so that the person can bite down gently and stop the bleeding.

Cold compresses can also be applied to the affected area to reduce inflammation and pain.

If the affected dental piece is part of the final dentition, it is recommended – if it is possible – that it be relocated in the socket without touching the roots. In this case, it is important to keep the tooth moist.

The tooth should be rinsed with cold water for 10 seconds, but should not be rubbed, as this may remove some of the root tissue that will be necessary to facilitate reimplantation in the socket. To facilitate the preservation of the dental piece, it is recommended to wrap it in a damp paper towel or place it in a glass of milk, physiological serum or saline solution to take it to the dental office where the required care will be received.

Another option is to place the tooth in the person’s mouth until it reaches the point of dental care. This conservation alternative requires that the person be conscious.

Water is the least indicated medium to preserve the dental piece, since it triggers cell deterioration.

If the affected tooth is replanted within an hour of the accident, there is a good chance that it will re-adhere to the socket. After 30 minutes, the longer the tooth is out, the lower the chances of a good prognosis.

How does the dentist proceed in case of dental avulsion?

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To address the situation, the dentist fixes the tooth to the neighboring pieces (splints it) for 7 or 10 days. On some occasions, it is necessary to suture the injured gingival tissues.

If there is a fracture of the bone that surrounds the affected piece, the tooth will be fixed to the adjacent ones for a period that oscillates between 6 and 10 weeks.

Replanted teeth usually require root canal treatment (endodontics).

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Aftercare

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In the post-intervention stage, careful dental hygiene is required so that food debris or bacterial plaque does not accumulate on the replanted tooth. It is also essential to monitor the evolution and consult the treating dentist in case of pain or discomfort.

Conclusion

How to find the dental service to attend to this type of emergency?

Dental avulsion requires immediate dental care to preserve the tooth and prevent complications.

It is essential to contact an oral health professional urgently. It is always advisable to have a directory of oral health professionals on hand for any dental emergency.

Our directory of oral health professionals provides relevant information to contact the dental service that best suits this type of emergency and provides the necessary care. Check it out.

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