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Your teeth are firmly anchored in their sockets by strong periodontal ligaments. For a blow to the face to knock a tooth out of the socket, it often results in significant trauma. Providing urgent first aid and seeking timely treatment is critical for preventing complications, managing pain and improving treatment success. To that end, your dentist, Dr. Gloria Barredo, offers these basic tips.

If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse it 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.

It might be possible for Dr. Gloria Barredo to implant the tooth back into the socket. For this to even be possible, the tooth needs to be whole and alive.

Water and milk are very poor liquids for preserving a living tooth. The simplest option to keep the tooth alive is to hold it between your cheek and gums. There is also a tooth-preservation product sold in stores. To use it, you simply place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel inside will keep it alive for a short time until Dr. Gloria Barredo can examine the tooth and determine a course of treatment.

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, Dr. Gloria Barredo will usually have to extract the remnants of the tooth and suture the gums. Later, she can help you decide if you’d like to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you have suffered a knocked-out tooth in Jupiter, Florida, you should not delay in calling 561-741-8008 to schedule an emergency appointment at Gloria Barredo, DMD.