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Lateral Luxation

-Please see a dental provider immediately to treat the injury!

The first few hours are very critical! Try to gently move to the teeth back to their position. Use gauze or a napkin to place between the teeth and close the mouth. Visit the dentist immediately!

Clinical Findings

  • The tooth is displaced, usually in a palatal/lingual or labial direction.
  • It will be immobile and percussion usually gives a high, metallic sound.
  • Fracture of the alveolar process present.


  • Reposition the tooth digitally or with forceps to disengage it from its bony lock and gently reposition it to its original location.
  • Stabilize the tooth for 4 weeks using a flexible splint.
  • Monitor the pulpal condition.
  • If the pulp becomes necrotic, root canal treatment is indicated to prevent root resorption.

Follow up

  • 2 weeks
  • 4 weeks
  • 6-8 weeks
  • 6 months
  • 1 year
  • yearly for 5 years