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Your teeth are anchored into the socket by strong periodontal ligaments. Having a tooth knocked out by a hard fall or blow to the face is always a traumatic experience. With that in mind, your dentist, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta, offers these basic first-aid insights to help you minimize the pain and improve your chances of successfully restoring the tooth.

The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater. This will help wash away any lingering blood and debris to give you a better look at the exposed socket.

If the tooth was fractured or damaged or if some of it remains in the socket, the tooth is likely lost. Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta will need to extract the remnants of the tooth and allow it to heal. Once the area is healed, he can tell you your options for replacing the tooth.

If the tooth was knocked out cleanly from the socket and none of it remains in your gums, you will need to keep it alive for there to be any chance of Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta implanting it back into your mouth.

You can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums, or you could use one of the tooth-preservation gels sold in stores. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. To use it, you simply place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The tooth should stay alive long enough for Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta to assess the situation.

Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta can then see if the tooth can be implanted back into the socket or if it needs to be restored by other means. In many cases, it is best to extract all remnants of the tooth, suture the gums and then later replace it with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you have just had a tooth knocked out in Seattle, Washington, you should not delay in contacting Rainier Dental Center at 206.329.1100 to seek timely and effective care.