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Every tooth in your mouth is anchored in the socket by the root and a series of strong periodontal ligaments. When a blow to the face or other oral accident carries enough force to knock a tooth out, the resulting trauma is often severe. In a situation like this, timely first aid is critical to treatment success.

The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater. This will help wash away any lingering blood and debris and give you a better look at the exposed socket. It can also help soothe injured gums.

If the tooth was shattered, fractured, or damaged or if some of it remains in the socket, the tooth is likely lost. Dr. Ben Vela & Alan Rodriguez will need to extract the remnants of the tooth and allow it to heal. Once the area is healed, they can help you understand your options for replacing the tooth.

If the tooth was knocked out cleanly from the socket and none of it remains in your gums, you will need to keep it alive for there to be any chance of your dentist implanting it back into your mouth.

There are two viable ways to keep the tooth alive. On a simple level, you can try holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation gels sold 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 tooth should stay alive long enough for Dr. Ben Vela & Alan Rodriguez to assess the situation.

Drs. Ben Vela & Alan Rodriguez can then determine if the tooth is viable for implantation or if it needs to be replaced by other means. In many cases, it is best to extract all remnants of the tooth, suture the gums and then later replace it with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you have just had a tooth knocked out in Kingsville, Texas, you should call 361.592.4373 as soon as possible to schedule an emergency appointment at Vela Dental Centers Kingsville.