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It is estimated by the American Association of Endodontists that every year an average of around five million teeth are knocked out. Some of the more common causes are related to hard falls, blows to the face, or sports injuries by athletes using inadequate head protection during contact sports.

A knocked out tooth can cause pain and other complications. If one of your teeth is knocked out, fast and intelligent first aid will help improve the outcome of the situation. As such, McAllister Dentistry offers these basic first aid tips.

If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse it away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm salt water. Don’t rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash, as this will likely irritate the gums.

It might be possible for Dr. John McAllister to implant the tooth back into the socket. However, for this to be possible, it needs to have been knocked out of the socket cleanly, and the tooth must be whole and still alive.

Water and milk are poor liquids for keeping the tooth alive, as they can degrade living tissue. Keeping the tooth between your cheek and gums will keep it alive much better. 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 McAllister Dentistry.

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

If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you need to call our dental office in Hickory, North Carolina, immediately at 828-322-6731 to schedule an appointment.