A tooth that has been jammed into the gum (intruded) may look like it
has been knocked out. An X-ray may be needed to tell the difference between an
intruded and a knocked-out tooth.
An intruded baby tooth will usually grow out of the gum in about 6
weeks. But some dentists will reposition or remove the baby tooth
immediately so that it will not affect the top (crown) of the permanent
tooth underneath it.
An intruded permanent tooth generally requires evaluation by a
dentist or other health professional.
September 14, 2010
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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