Avulsion of Primary Teeth

An avulsed tooth has been completely displaced or knocked out of its socket.


  • Avulsed primary teeth are NOT re-implanted to prevent further injury to the developing successor tooth.
  • ¬†Locate the tooth to ensure it is not:
    • Intruded
    • Aspirated
    • Swallowed
  • Take appropriate radiographs if aspiration is suspected.
  • Refer patient to dentist in one day to one week.

Dental Care & Expected Outcome

  • Dentist will take radiograph to ensure tooth not intruded and rule out injuries to adjacent teeth.
  • Effect on permanent teeth cannot accurately be predicted.


International Association of Dental Traumatology. Dental Trauma Guidelines. Revised 2012. Accessed March 15, 2017.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Guideline on Management of Acute Dental Trauma. Pediatric Dentistry 2009;31(6):187-195.