Injuries to the mouth can push teeth back into their sockets. Your endodontist or general dentist may reposition and stabilize your tooth and monitor healing. If required, root canal treatment is usually started within a few weeks of the injury and a medication may be placed inside the tooth. Eventually, a permanent root canal filling will be placed.
If an injury causes a tooth to be completely knocked out of its socket, it is important that you are treated immediately. If this happens to you, keep the tooth moist and if possible, put it back into the socket. A tooth can be saved if it remains moist, such as by placing it in milk or a glass of water (add a pinch of salt to the water). Your Endodontist may start root canal treatment based upon the stage of root development. The length of time the tooth was out of your mouth and the way the tooth was stored impacts long-term tooth survival and what treatment you will receive.