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In India, accidents involving injury to the teeth have become quite
common. The Dentists refer to a knocked-out tooth as an "avulsed" tooth.
This is one of the most common dental emergencies, but the damage isn't
necessarily permanent. If we act quickly, there's a good chance the tooth
can be saved. When a tooth has been knocked out, the nerves, blood vessels
and supporting tissues are damaged, too. The nerves and blood vessels can
be repaired to some extent and dental surgeons these days can put the
tooth back in place within an hour after it was knocked out; there's a
good chance that the supporting tissues will reattach and hold the tooth
in place.The incisor teeth, because of their prominent position and
anatomical arrangement are constantly liable to injury.
No competing interests
12 June 2009
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Meenakshi Ammal Dental College, Chennai 600095, India