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Having a tooth knocked out is always a traumatic event that requires immediate first aid and treatment. Here at Smiles of Distinction, our dentist, Dr. Bartholemew Schultz, recommends a few basic first-aid insights to help you take care of a knocked-out tooth. Urgent, quality care will help you reduce your chances of suffering treatment complications.

If there is blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. This will help soothe injured gums and help you get a clear view of the situation.

It might be possible for Dr. Bartholemew Schultz to implant the tooth back into the socket. For this to have any hope of success, the tooth must be whole and alive.

You can keep the tooth alive by holding it between your cheek and gums or you can use a tooth-preservation product. This product is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. To use it, you will place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive long enough for Dr. Bartholemew Schultz to examine the mouth and begin treatment.

If any part of the tooth, root or nerve remain in the socket, your dentist will most likely have to extract the remainder of the knocked-out tooth. After your gums have healed, Dr. Bartholemew Schultz can help you decide if you want to have a dental bridge or a dental implant installed to restore the tooth.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out in Savage, Minnesota, you should not delay in contacting Smiles of Distinction at 952-894-2545 to seek urgent care.