Isaac Lin DDS Santana Park Dental Care
The success of this replantation procedure is directly related to how soon the tooth is replaced in its socket. If possible, just rinse the tooth with tap water and gently replace the tooth in its socket and come to the office.
Otherwise, wrap the tooth in a clean, moistened cloth or put it in a cup of water or milk and get to the dentist right away.
Never scrape the tooth or allow it to dry out!
If the tooth is left out of the mouth for more than 30 minutes, the chance for successful replantation drops significantly.
We consider replantation successful if we can keep the tooth in position at least during a child's growth period. By maintaining the space, the replanted tooth prevents tipping of adjacent teeth. If it's necessary to replace the injured tooth, it's much easier to do it when the child is older - when all the permanent teeth are in.
The good news is that we have bonding and dental implant techniques today for tooth replacement and new materials to fill in for a lost tooth.