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Your teeth are held in place by their roots and a series of very strong periodontal ligaments. If a blow to the face carries enough force to knock a tooth out, the trauma to the tooth and socket can be severe. In the rare instances when the tooth is whole and still alive, your dentist might be able to implant it back into the socket.

The first step is to assess the damage to the socket and the tooth. If there is blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse it away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm saltwater. This will help you assess the severity of the damage and see if any of the tooth remains in the socket.

Your dentist might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. However, for this to have any hope of success, the tooth must be whole and still alive.

If the tooth is indeed complete, you can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products available in stores. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. All you have to do is place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive for a short time until we can assess and treat the situation.

If any part of the tooth or root remains in the socket, your dentist will most likely have to extract the remainder of the knocked-out tooth. Once your gums have healed, your dentist can help you choose the best method for replacing the tooth.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out in Riverdale, New York, you should not delay in calling 718-548-3353 to set up an emergency appointment at Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center.