Tooth jammed into the gum (intruded)

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. However, 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.

Last Updated: September 26, 2008

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