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Each one of your teeth is secured in the socket of your gums by the bone structure of your jaw and a series of small, yet strong periodontal ligaments. Unfortunately, there are incidents when a hard fall, blow to the face of other accident, can carry enough force to knock a tooth out of the socket.

Here are a couple of basic first aid considerations, Holmes Dental suggests to help take care of a knocked out tooth.

If the incident has left blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm salt water. This will also give you a better look at the socket.

It might be possible for Holmes Dental to implant the knocked out tooth back into the socket. For there to be any real chance of success the tooth must have been knocked out of the socket cleanly and the tooth itself still needs to be alive.

You can keep the whole tooth alive by holding it in your cheek. However, the tooth preservation products sold in stores will do an even better job. All you have to do is open the canister place the knocked out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel inside will keep it alive long enough for Holmes Dental to assess the situation.

If any part of the tooth remains in the socket, then Holmes Dental 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 should call Holmes Dental immediately at 970-221-2499 to schedule an appointment.