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While playing contact sports without the protective benefits of a mouthguard increases your risk of a dental avulsion, there are also other things that can knock a tooth out. This could come in the form of an accidental fall or other unforeseen circumstance. When this happens, the victim will need immediate first aid while seeking professional dental care at Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates.

The first thing to do is assess the severity of the damage to the tooth and the dental socket in the gums. You can do this with a gentle rinse with saltwater to clear away lingering blood and other potential debris. At the same time, it can also help soothe the injured gums and other wounded tissues. If your gums are bleeding excessively, you can lightly bite down on some sterile gauze to control the bleeding.

If the tooth was knocked cleanly out of the socket, Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs might be able to implant it back into the socket. For this to have any chance of success, the tooth must be completely intact and still alive.  

You can keep the tooth alive for a short period of time by holding it your mouth between your cheek and gums. You could use one of the tooth-preservation products available in stores. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. All you need 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 or until your dentist has a chance to treat the situation.

Oftentimes remnants of the tooth linger in the socket and the tooth cannot be saved. To prevent pain and future infection, we will likely need to extract the remnants and suture the wound. Once your gums have healed, they can help you decide if you want to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If you live in the Tomball, Texas, area and you have recently suffered a knocked-out tooth, you should call 281-205-4717 to seek immediate care at Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates.