Each one of your teeth is held in the socket by a series of very strong periodontal ligaments. When a blow to the face carries enough force to sever these ligaments and effectively knock a tooth out, it often results in significant oral trauma.
To best handle a situation like this, Philadelphia Dental Associates’s team of dentists offers a few essential first aid tips to help minimize complications while you seek treatment at our clinic.
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 understanding of the extent of the damage to your gums, and assess if any of the tooth remains in the socket.
It might be possible for a dentist to implant the knocked out tooth back into the socket, so long as it is whole and still alive.
To keep the tooth alive, you can hold it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth preservation products available for sale that are filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. To use it, you simply place the knocked out tooth in the jar and seal it. With a bit of luck, the nourishing gel will keep the knocked out tooth alive until you arrive at Philadelphia Dental Associates’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania clinic.
If the tooth was fractured, and some of it still lodged in the socket, we will likely need to extract it. Once your gums have healed we can help you decide if you would like to restore the knocked out tooth with a bridge or dental implant.
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you should not delay in contacting Philadelphia Dental Associates’s clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 215-564-9010 for immediate treatment.