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A blow to the face that knocks one of your teeth out is always a significant oral trauma. When this happens, timely first aid and immediate treatment will improve your chances of having the tooth implanted back into place. Even if the tooth cannot be saved, it will also help reduce your chances of suffering serious consequences. With that in mind, your dentist, Dr. Dennis Jenkins, offers these basic first-aid tips to help treat a knocked-out tooth.

If there are blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This will help soothe injured gums and help you get a clear view of the situation.

It might be possible for Dr. Dennis Jenkins to implant the tooth back into the socket if it’s still whole and alive.

You can keep the tooth alive by holding it between your cheek and gums or you can use a tooth-preservation product. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. You simply place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive long enough for Dr. Dennis Jenkins to assess the situation and present you with treatment options.

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, Dr. Dennis Jenkins can help you decide if you want to have a dental bridge or a dental implant installed to replace the tooth.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out in Sellersburg, Indiana, you should not delay in contacting Designing Smiles PSC at 812-246-3386 to seek immediate treatment.