Sports injuries and accidental falls in the home can sometimes impact the mouth with such force that it knocks out a tooth. In some of these cases the tooth remains whole. If it is kept alive, it might be possible for it to be implanted back into its original socket in the gums.
For this to be a viable course of treatment the tooth must be kept alive while you make your way to Dr. J. Andrew Carletti’s dental office.
In a pinch you can temporarily preserve the knocked out tooth by holding it in your mouth between your cheek and gums. If you find this inconvenient or simply uncomfortable, you might want to try using a tooth preservation product that uses a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution. Just make sure to look on the label to check that it has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.
If the tooth has been badly damaged or cleaved at the gumline it might not be viable for reimplantation. In a case such as this our dentists might need to extract whatever remains of the tooth’s root.
In time the gums and other traumatized oral tissues in the area will heal and they might recommend replacing the missing tooth with a dental bridge.
If you are in the Sapulpa, Oklahoma, area and you have just suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 918-224-0369 to seek emergency treatment at Carletti Dentistry and Associates.