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The American Association of Endodontists estimates that an average of five million teeth are knocked out each year. Most are due to hard falls, blows to the face or sports injuries by athletes playing in contact sports without the benefit of a quality mouth guard.

The staff at Sandston Comprehensive Dentistry offers these essential first aid tips to help you care for a knocked out tooth.

If a fall has left blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse it away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm salt water. If at all possible, you shouldn’t rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash, as this will likely irritate the gums.

Sandston Comprehensive Dentistry’s dentist might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. For this to even be possible the tooth must be whole and still alive.

Soaking the tooth in water or milk are poor choices for keeping the tooth alive. They can actually degrade living tissue. Keeping the tooth between your cheek and gums will keep it alive much better, as this is already the tooth’s natural environment.

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, while you make your way to Sandston Comprehensive Dentistry’s office.

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, the dentist will usually have to extract the remnants of the tooth and suture the gums. Once your gums are healed, your dentist at Sandston Comprehensive Dentistry can help you explore your restoration options

If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you need to call Sandston Comprehensive Dentistry’s office in Sandston, Virginia at 804-737-4444 to set up an emergency appointment.