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Oral trauma is generally the result of an accidental hit to the face or partaking in a rigorous activity without the protection of a necessary mouth guard. Athletes in contact sports are at a higher risk of having a tooth knocked out than the average person. Should something like this happen to you, it’s important to apply thorough first aid, while seeking professional dental care at Dr. Joseph Younger’s dental offices in Arden, North Carolina.

The first thing you need to do is evaluate how bad is the oral trauma and the severity of the damage to the tooth. If oral fragments or persistent blood make it difficult to assess the damage, you can gently rinse your mouth with water. Do not use antiseptic mouthwash as the alcohol or astringent chemicals can irritate wounded soft tissues.

Dr. Joseph Younger may be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. This is only applied when the tooth has been knocked out completely and is still alive. Immediately place it in between your cheek and gums, or place it in a glass of milk until you reach Dr. Joseph Younger’s dental office.

The tooth will not be viable for implantation if it broke-off at the gum line or any of the root remained in the socket after the trauma. In a case like this, Dr. Joseph Younger may be able to treat and restore the tooth with a root canal or other endodontic treatment.

Should the damage to the root or socket prove too severe, he might suggest removing the remnants of the tooth and suturing the gums. Once the traumatized tissues have healed, he can help you decide if you’d like to repair the tooth with a bridge or dental implant.

If you live in Arden, North Carolina, and you’ve suffered an oral or dental trauma that knocked a tooth out, you should call 828-684-9260 to seek treatment with Dr. Joseph Younger. We will be happy to assist you in your oral care needs.