Your teeth are anchored in your mouth by numerous strong periodontal ligaments. When a blow to the face knocks a tooth out of the socket, it damages these ligaments, causing significant trauma. Here at Arden Dental Group, our dentists recommend some essential tips for providing quality first aid for a knocked-out tooth.
If a blow to the face has left you with blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm saltwater. It’s best to avoid antiseptic mouthwash as the alcohol or astringents can irritate wounded gums.
Your dentists might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. For this to even be possible, the tooth needed to have been knocked out of the socket cleanly and it still needs to be alive. You can keep the tooth alive by holding it between your cheek and gums.
There are also tooth-preservation products sold in stores. These products are canisters filled with a special nourishing gel that will keep the knocked-out tooth alive for a short time. You will simply place the tooth in the gel and seal the top. It should keep the tooth alive long enough for your dentists to assess the situation.
If any part of the tooth or the root remains in the socket, the tooth itself will not be viable for implantation. In a situation like this, your dentists will usually have to extract the remnants of the tooth and suture the gums. Later, we can help you decide if you’d like to replace the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you need to call Arden Dental Group at 828-684-9260 for immediate emergency treatment in Arden, North Carolina.