Your teeth are held tightly into the sockets formed by your gums by a series of periodontal ligaments. As strong as they are, there are still some extreme situations when a blow to the face of other accident can break off the base or completely knock out a tooth.
This is almost always a traumatic event. The oral healthcare team at Stepp Family Dentistry offer these basic tips for rendering first aid for a knocked out tooth.
If there is blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm salt water. This will help you get a clear view of the damage to your mouth.
We might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. However, for this to have any hope of success, the tooth must be whole and still alive.
Assuming it is whole, the tooth can be kept alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth preservation products available in stores. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. To use it, you simply place the knocked out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive for a short time, while a Stepp Family Dentistry dentist asses and treats the situation.
If any part of the tooth, root or nerve remain in the socket, your dentist will most likely have to extract the remainder of the knocked out tooth. Once your gums have healed, we can help you select the restoration option that best suits you.
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you need to contact Stepp Family Dentistry’s office in Bellaire, Texas by calling 713-520-8400 to set up an emergency appointment.