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Having a tooth knocked out of the socket is always a traumatic experience. In some rare instances, the tooth might be salvageable and your dentist, Dr. Taylor Robinson, could potentially implant it back into the socket. However, in most cases the damage to the tooth and socket is often so severe that the tooth is lost. To be able to even attempt implantation, the knocked-out tooth will require some basic first aid.

If there are blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm saltwater. This will help you assess the severity of the damage and determine if any of the tooth remains in the socket. We might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket if it’s still whole and alive.

If the tooth is indeed complete, you can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products available 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 nourishing gel will keep it alive for a short time while your dentist assesses and treats the problem.

If any part of the tooth, root or nerve remains in the socket, he will most likely have to extract the remainder of the knocked-out tooth. Once your gums have healed, he can help you select the replacement option that best suits you.

If you’ve had a tooth knocked out in Provo, Utah, you should not delay in contacting Robinson Wolfgramm Dental at 801-373-2060 to seek urgent treatment.