Podcast 810: Tooth Replantation - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 810: Tooth Replantation

Contributor: Jarod Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • There is a 1-hour window for tooth replantation in ED
  • Cold milk is often best transport media unless there is access to specialized solutions (Hank’s Balanced Solution)
    • Goal is to preserve periodontal ligament
    • Soaking in tap water should be avoided as it will lyse cells of periodontal ligament    
  • If oral surgeon is rapidly available, have them perform replantation
    • Do not delay replantation to wait for an oral surgeon to become available
  • Steps in tooth reimplantation
    • Disturb the socket as little as possible
    • Handle tooth only by crown, don’t touch root
    • Rinse tooth gently with tap water or saline, do not scrub it
    • Tooth should click back in place and remain stable
    • Don’t manipulate after reimplantation  
  • It may take weeks to determine if the tooth will survive 
  • Studies have shown that replantation performed within one hour has a significantly better prognosis than those taking place after a greater amount of time has passed


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Andreasen JO, Andreasen FM, Skeie A, Hjørting-Hansen E, Schwartz O. Effect of treatment delay upon pulp and periodontal healing of traumatic dental injuries – a review article. Dent Traumatol. 2002;18(3):116-128.

De Brier N, O D, Borra V, Singletary EM, Zideman DA, De Buck E. Storage of an avulsed tooth prior to replantation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Dent Traumatol. 2020;36(5):453-476.


Summarized by Mark O’Brien, MS4 | Edited by John Spartz, MD & Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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