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Sports injuries and household accidents can sometimes carry enough force to cause severe dental trauma. When a tooth is knocked out of its socket you will need to apply quality first-aid while seeking a dentist’s care.

Also known as a dental avulsion, a knocked out tooth can cause significant pain. Remaining calm can help speed the process of relief and reduce your chances of suffering undue complications.

If the incident has left you with blood or stray debris in your mouth you can gently rinse it away and with lukewarm saltwater. This might also help sooth other traumatized tissues in your mouth. Antiseptic mouthwash is a bad choice as the alcohol or astringents can irritate injured tissues causing more pain.

It might be possible for Dr. Kevin Harris to implant the tooth back into the socket. For there to be any chance of success, the tooth needs to be whole and still alive.

You can keep the knocked out tooth alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There is also a tooth-preservation product sold in stores. To use it you simply place the knocked out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel inside the canister will keep the tooth alive for a short time while you wait for your appointment with Dr. Kevin Harris.

If any part of the tooth remains in the socket it will not be viable for implantation. Dr. Kevin Harris might be perform a root canal to restore the structure of the tooth. Once this is done, he can start the process of fitting you for a basic dental crown.

If the tooth has been severely damaged or the underlying bone structure has been compromised, Dr. Kevin Harris might advocate a total extraction. Once your gums have healed, he can help you decide if you’d like to restore the tooth with dental bridge or dental implant.

If you live in the Spring, Texas, area and you’ve suffered a significant oral trauma, you should not delay in calling 281.376.4533 to seek professional care at Comfort Dental Excellence.