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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 calls for the rendering of quality first aid.

If there are blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This can also help sooth the injured gums and give you a better look at the situation. If the socket is bleeding profusely, you can lightly bite down on some sterile gauze to stop the bleeding. Try not to swallow too much blood as it can cause nausea.

If the tooth is whole and none of it remains in the socket, your dentist, Dr. Brent Hawkins, might be able to implant it back into your gums. For this to have any chance of success, the tooth must be whole and alive.

You can keep the tooth alive by holding it in your mouth between your cheek and gums, or you could use one of the tooth-preservation products available in stores. These canisters are 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 few hours.

In most cases, some of the tooth remains in the socket and the tooth cannot be saved. To prevent pain and future infection, your dentist will likely need to extract the remnants and suture the wound. Once your gums have healed, he can help you decide if you want to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If one of your teeth has recently been knocked out, please call Hawkins Dental Group in Amarillo, Texas at 806-353-4361 to seek treatment as soon as possible. We wish you a healthy happy, smile-filled holiday!