Each one of your teeth is held in its socket by a series of strong periodontal ligaments. Unfortunately, there are extreme situations where a hard fall, a blow to the face or other unforeseen accident can sever these ligaments and effectively knock the tooth out.
The staff at North Shore Family Dentistry offers these first aid considerations to help you give a knocked out tooth the special care required for fast treatment.
If the tooth was fractured, damaged or there is some of it remains in the socket, we will likely need to perform a root canal to restore the structure to the tooth. In an extreme case, we might need to extract the remnants of the tooth and suture the gums. After your gums have healed, we can help you understand your options for restoring the tooth.
If the tooth was knocked out cleanly from the socket you can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. Some stores also sell a tooth preservation product in their pharmacy section. 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 one of our dentists to assess the situation.
If you would like further tips on how to handle common oral emergencies, you can call North Shore Family Dentistry’s office in Stoneham, Massachusetts at 781-662-1999 to set up a consultation session.