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When sufficient force is applied to the mouth from an accidental fall or a hard blow during sports, it can potentially knock out a tooth, or cause significant dental trauma. If you or someone near you has just had a tooth knocked out or severely damaged, it’s important to apply some basic first-aid measures while seeking professional treatment from an experienced dentist like Dr. Jorge Bastidas.

The first thing you need to do is assess the severity of the damage to the tooth, gums, and other soft tissues. Excess blood in the mouth, you can gently be rinsed away with some lukewarm saltwater. This will give you a better view of the traumatized area.

It might be possible for Dr. Bastidas to implant the tooth back in the socket if it was knocked out whole and kept alive.

The easiest way to preserve the tooth is to trap it between the cheek and gums or by using one of the tooth-preservation products sold in stores. The special nourishing gel in the canister is made from a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution.

It is specially formulated to keep a knocked out tooth alive for a short time, while your dentist examines your mouth and develops a treatment plan.

If any original dental material remains in the socket, your dentist might be able to restore the internal structure of the tooth by performing a root canal. This mode of treatment is designed to restore the internal structure of the tooth to eventually anchor a dental crown.

If you live in the Paterson, New Jersey, area and you or someone near you has just suffered a knocked out tooth, you should call 973-742-2610 to schedule an emergency appointment at Comfort Dental Care today.