First-Aid Tips to Keep in Mind for Treating a Knocked-Out Tooth

Posted November 17, 2016.

The American Association of Endodontists estimates that nearly five million teeth are knocked out annually. They are often a result of athletic activities or household accidents that cause a hard blow to the face. When this happens, the trauma associated with having the tooth knocked out is often severe.

Quality care in a situation like this is critical for managing pain and minimizing complications. To that end, your dentist, Dr. Ghada S. Massabni, offers these first-aid insights.

If there are blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away and soothe the injured tissues with lukewarm saltwater. This will help you get a clear understanding of the extent of the damage to your gums and will help you determine if any of the tooth remains in the socket.

Dr. Ghada S. Massabni might be able to implant the knocked-out tooth back into the socket as long as it is whole and alive. To do this, you can hold it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products available. To use the product, you simply place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. With a bit of luck, the specially formulated nourishing gel will keep the knocked-out tooth alive long enough for you to get to Agape Dentist.

If the tooth was severely fractured and some of the root remains in the socket, Dr. Ghada S. Massabni will likely need to extract it. Once your gums have healed, she can help you decide if you would like to restore the knocked-out tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out in Woburn, Massachusetts, please don’t delay seeking treatment, please call us at 781.995.4445 for immediate treatment. We wish you a healthy, happy, smile-filled holiday season!