The tooth is displaced partially out of the socket by the trauma. It is usually displaced palatally. Radiographically the tooth appears dislocated and empty at the end of the socket. Treatment is to try to reposition gently – local anesthetic is usually not needed. Check the occlusion to be sure there is no pressure on the tooth and use a non-rigid splint for two weeks. The dentist should periodically monitor the vitality of the pulp and perform root canal therapy if needed.
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