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A knocked out tooth is always a cause for concern. While a tooth can be knocked out from a hard fall or other common accident, your chances increase if you participate in a contact sport without the benefits of a quality mouth guard.

Should one of your teeth be knocked out, there are a variety of treatment and restoration options that Dr. Nicole Holmes might recommend.

The first step is to clear your mouth of any blood or debris, so you can accurately assess the injury to your gums. There is a small chance that Dr. Nicole Holmes can implant the knocked out tooth if it is whole and still alive.

You can keep the tooth alive by holding it between your gums and cheek. You should not improvise with milk or salt water. This can actually introduce bacteria to the surfaces of the tooth or cause irritation.

If you don’t want to hold the tooth in your mouth, there are tooth preservation products sold in stores. This is a canister that is 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 Dr. Nicole Holmes’s office.

If any part of the tooth, root or nerve remain in the socket, Dr. Nicole Holmes will 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 call Dr. Nicole Holmes’s office in Fort Collins, Colorado at 970-221-2499 to schedule an appointment.