There are some extreme situations when a tooth can be knocked out of its socket. This is often related to hard falls, blows to the face and playing in contact sports without a mouth guard, but there are mundane situations that could also knock a tooth out.
If you have blood or debris in your mouth from a traumatic event, you can clear your mouth and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm salt water. This will help you get a clear view of the damage to your gums and if any of the tooth remains in the socket.
It might be possible for a our dentist to successfully implant the knocked out tooth back into the socket. For there to be any chance of this, the tooth needs to have been knocked out of the socket cleanly and the tooth itself still needs to be alive.
If the knocked out tooth is completely intact, you can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth preservation products available for sale that are filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. To use it, you simply place the tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive for a short time, while you make your way to our dental practice for an emergency appointment.
If some part of the root of the tooth remain in the socket, then we will most likely have to extract the remainder of the tooth. Once your gums are healed, Dr. Jon C. Packman can help you understand your various restoration options
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you need to call our office in Statesville, North Carolina immediately at 704.873.2211 to schedule an emergency appointment. Our caring dental team strives to help you keep your smile confident and healthy!