Oral trauma can come in many forms. One of the most grievous is when a blow to the face causes a dental avulsion. This is when a tooth is knocked from the socket or broken off at the gumline. Dental trauma of this magnitude requires immediate first aid while you seek professional care at Bullard Family Dentistry.
The first step is to assess the extent of the damage. If there are blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This will help soothe injured gums and help you get a clear view of the situation.
We might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. For this to have any hope of success, the tooth must be whole and alive.
You can keep the tooth alive 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 knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive long enough for Dr. J. Brandon Allen to assess the situation and come up with a treatment plan.
Sometimes he can restore the tooth with a root canal. However, if the damage is severe, he will most likely have to extract any remnants of the tooth from the socket. After your gums have healed, he can help you decide if you want to have a dental bridge or a dental implant installed to replace the tooth.
If you live in the Bullard, Texas, area and you’ve suffered a knocked-out tooth, you should not delay in calling 903-710-2309 to schedule treatment at Bullard Family Dentistry.