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While it is rare, household accidents and sports injuries can cause dental damage and oral trauma. In an extreme case, there might be sufficient force applied to a tooth to knock it out of its socket. Also known as a dental avulsion, this serious oral health problem requires immediate first aid while you seek dental care at Somerset Family Dental.

The first thing you need to do is assess the severity of the dental trauma. If there are blood or debris in your mouth, you can gently clear them with a light rinse of lukewarm salt water. If the socket of the tooth is bleeding excessively, you can lightly bite down on some sterile gauze to control the bleeding.

If the tooth was knocked out cleanly from the socket, Dr. Brandon J. Ryff might be able to implant it back into the socket. However, the chance of this is very low as the tooth needs to be whole and still alive.

In the rare case where the tooth is complete, you can keep it alive by holding it in your mouth between your cheek and gums. You could use one of the tooth-preservation products available in stores. These canisters are filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. All you need to do is place the tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive for a few hours.

If you live in the Gilbert, Arizona, area and you have recently suffered a knocked-out tooth, you need to call 480-359-1478 to seek immediate care at Somerset Family Dental.