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When a tooth is avulsed or knocked out of its socket, the damage is often severe. Proper first aid will help manage pain, bleeding, and other complications while you seek treatment at Smiles Unlimited.

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

There is a small chance that your dentist, Dr. Rakhi Jani, can implant the knocked-out tooth back into the socket. For this to have any hope of success, the tooth must be whole and alive.

The easiest way to keep the tooth alive is by holding it between your cheek and gums or you can use a tooth preservation product. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. You simply place the avulsed tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive long enough for Dr. Rakhi Jani to assess the situation and begin treatment.

If any part of the tooth remains in the socket, Dr. Rakhi Jani will most likely have to extract the remainder of the knocked-out tooth. Once your gums have healed, Dr. Rakhi Jani can help you decide if you would like to restore the tooth via a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If you’ve just had a tooth knocked out, you should not delay in calling 925.344.5757 to set up an emergency appointment at Smiles Unlimited.