Dental Intrusion: What is It and How is it Treated?


Dental or tooth intrusion is what happens when significant force or impact drives a tooth further into the gumline. The force can push the tooth through the gums and even into the bone. The result is that the tooth will look as if it hasn’t fully come out yet. However, dental intrusion of adult teeth is a serious problem that needs immediate attention. In this article, we’ll discuss dental intrusion and how it is treated.

Understanding Dental Intrusion

Basically, the tooth is pushed up further into the gum line so that it looks like one tooth is shorter than the other. In reality, the root of the tooth is actually causing extreme damage to the gums and surrounding bone. Worse still, the pulp of the tooth is likely exposed. This causes the pulp to begin to die. Pulp death occurs in 96% of dental intrusions. This is because the blood supply to the tooth is disrupted.

Approaches to Treating Dental Intrusion

Depending on which tooth is impacted and how it is impacted, the dentist may not have to do anything at all. In some cases, the tooth will simply reposition itself. Factors that will influence whether or not you need surgery include:

  • Was the tooth knocked in or knocked into the gum line?
  • How deep was the tooth knocked in?

Generally speaking, your dentist will determine the best course of treatment based on several factors including the above-mentioned. In some cases, your dentist will want to wait until after the tooth “erupts” or begins pushing its way out. In other cases, the tooth will need to be extracted immediately. Sometimes the tooth can be saved while in other cases, the tooth can’t be. In many cases, the tooth can be surgically repositioned with the help of an orthodontic surgeon.

Course of Treatment

A common treatment course includes examining the intruded tooth. Your dentist will measure how intruded it is and look to see what tissue is being damaged by the intrusion. In many cases, the tooth will “erupt” like a baby tooth and position itself back where it belongs. In other cases, your dentist may have to reposition the tooth surgically. After the tooth has been positioned, it is common for the dentist to perform a root canal to try to save the tooth. If the root canal doesn’t work, then the tooth will have to be extracted. In that case, it can be replaced with dental implants.

Talk to a Dentist Today About a Pushed In Tooth

Tooth intrusion generally occurs due to direct traumatic injury. The tooth is pushed up into the gumline and looks like a child’s tooth that hasn’t fully come out yet. Even if the pain is manageable, you should not wait to have the problem corrected. Intruded teeth can lead to infection, tooth loss, pulp necrosis, and other unpleasantness. Call Peak Family Dental Care in Cottonwood today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help.

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