Understanding Your Treatment Options for a Knocked-Out Tooth

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It’s not unheard of for a hard fall or a blow to the face to knock out one of your teeth. In some cases, where the tooth is knocked out cleanly out of the socket, one of Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C.’s dentists might be able to successfully implant it again.

If there is blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm salt water. This will help you get a clear view of the area and assess if the tooth is whole or some of it remains in the socket.

If the tooth is whole, you will need to keep it alive, to have any chance of implantation. This can be done by holding it between your gums and cheek. There are also tooth preservation products available for sale that are 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 for a short time, while you make your way to our office.

If any part of the tooth, root or nerve remain in the socket then your Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C. dentist will most likely have to extract the remainder of the knocked out tooth. Sometimes we can perform a root canal to restore the tooth.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you need to schedule an immediate appointment at Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C.’s office in Glenwood Springs, Colorado by calling 970-945-9119.