Sports injuries can also extend to oral trauma and dental emergencies. While a chipped or fractured tooth is a serious cause for concern, it is not the most severe problem that can befall you. There are some rare times when a hard blow to the face can knock a tooth out of the socket or cause it to completely fracture at the gum line.
In a situation like this, the oral care professionals at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA’s clinic offer these basic first aid measure to apply while seeking treatment at our Lake City, Florida office.
The first step is to assess the severity of the damage to the tooth and the dental socket in the gums. You can do this with a gentle rinse with salt water to clear away lingering blood and other potential debris. This might also soothe the injured gums and other wounded tissues. If your gums are bleeding excessively, you can lightly bite down on some sterile gauze to control the bleeding.
If the tooth was knocked out cleanly out of the socket, we might be able to implant it back into the socket. For there to be any chance of success, the tooth must be completely intact and still alive.
The knocked-out tooth can be kept alive for a short period of time by holding it your mouth between your cheek and gums. You could use one of the tooth preservation products available in stores. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. All you need to do is place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive for a few hours or until our dentists have a chance to treat the situation.
If any remnants of the tooth still exist in the socket, the tooth likely cannot be saved. To prevent pain and future infection, we will likely need to extract the remnants and suture the wound. Once your gums have healed, we can help you decide if you want to restore the tooth with a bridge or a dental implant.
If you live in the Lake City, Florida area and you have recently suffered a knocked-out tooth, you need to call 386.752.1342 to seek urgent treatment at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA’s clinic.