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A hard blow to the mouth during athletics or resulting from a harsh household accident can sometimes cleave a tooth at the gumline, cause a severe fracture, or potentially knock a tooth out of the socket. In a moment of severe dental trauma, applying some basic first-aid measures will help manage discomfort, while you seek professional treatment from a qualified dentist like Dr. Saad.
Sometimes gently rising your mouth with lukewarm saltwater can help clear away lingering blood and other unwanted debris. If the local gum tissues have been traumatized and they are bleeding, lightly bite down on some sterile gauze can help manage the problem.
If a tooth is knocked out whole and kept alive, Dr. Saad might be able to install it back into the socket. For this treatment to be viable the tooth needs to be intact along with any attached periodontal tissues.
Sometimes the traumatized tooth can be kept alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products sold in stores. This is essentially a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel designed to keep the tooth alive for up to half an hour.
If the tooth is not intact, yet the integrity of the root is still sound Dr. Saad might be able to restore it with a root canal or other endodontic treatment.
If you live in the Rhome, Texas, area and you have just suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 817-636-0608 to seek emergency treatment at Rhome Family Dentistry’s dental offices.