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Sports injuries and automobile accidents can be a significant source of dental trauma. Sometimes these instances can carry enough force to severely fracture a tooth, cause it to break off at the gum line, or knock it completely out of the socket.

When this happens, you need to apply some basic first-aid measures, while seeking dental care at Dr. Cameron Blyth, DDS and Dr. Joshua Dorris, DMD’s dental office in Florence, Arizona.

Assessing the severity of the trauma can be very helpful. If you have blood or other unwanted material in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. This will give you a clearer view of the area and trauma to the gums.

Dr. Cameron Blyth, DDS and Dr. Joshua Dorris, DMD might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. Yet this is very rare. For there to have any hope of success, the damage to the socket must be minimal while the tooth is whole and still alive.

Milk and warm water are poor choices for preserving a knocked out tooth. The easiest way to keep the tooth alive is to hold it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products available in stores that are ideal.

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 nourishing gel will keep it alive for a short time, while a Dr. Cameron Blyth, DDS and Dr. Joshua Dorris, DMD assess the situation and develops a recommended course of treatment.

If you live in the Florence, Arizona, area and you need treatment for a knocked out tooth, you should call 520-413-9714 to schedule an emergency appointment at Merrill Ranch Family Dental Center.