A hard fall or athletic injury can sometimes impart a significant amount of force to the mouth. Not only can this cause significant soft tissue damage to the gums, cheek, tongue, and lips, it could potentially knock a tooth out.
If you or someone close to you has recently suffered a severe oral trauma, applying some basic first-aid can help manage pain and other complications while you seek emergency treatment from a dentist like Dr. William D. Ledford.
It’s important to keep a calm demeanor while assessing the severity of the damage to the teeth and soft oral tissues. Excess blood in the mouth, you can gently be rinsed away with some lukewarm saltwater. This will give you a better view of the traumatized area.
Sometimes a knocked out tooth can be implanted back in the socket with a root canal. This is only possible if it was knocked out whole and kept alive.
You can preserve the tooth by trapping it between the cheek and gums or by using one of the tooth-preservation products sold in stores. The special nourishing gel in the canister is made from a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution that has been specifically formulated to keep the tooth and connected tissues alive.
If any of the tooth’s root remains in the socket, Dr. William D. Ledford might be able to restore the internal structure of the tooth by performing a root canal. This will restore the internal structure of the tooth to eventually anchor a dental crown.
If you live in the Kansas City, Missouri, area and you or someone close you has just suffered a knocked out tooth, you should call 816-569-9787 to schedule an emergency appointment at Blue Stream Dental ’s dental clinic.