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When a blow to the face carries enough force to avulse or knocked a tooth out of the socket, the trauma is often significant. Providing quality first aid and seeking emergency care will help you manage the pain and improve your chances for treatment success. To that end, your dentist, Dr. Stephen Woodard, offers these key insights.

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 you are experiencing significant pain, you might want to try gently rubbing oral analgesic on the surrounding gums. Just avoid having direct contact with the socket as this could shock sensitive tissues.

If the tooth was fractured or damaged or if some of it remains in the socket, the tooth is likely lost. Dr. Stephen Woodard will need to extract the remnants of the tooth and allow it to heal. Once the area has healed, he can help you understand your options for restoring or 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. Stephen Woodard implanting it back into your mouth.

You can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums or you could seek out 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. Stephen Woodard to assess the situation.

Dr. Stephen Woodard can then see if the tooth is viable for implantation 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 Spokane Valley, Washington, you should call 509-924-8585 to schedule an emergency appointment at Stephen Woodard.