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The American Association of Endodontists estimates that nearly five million teeth are knocked out each year. Many of these are a result of athletic activities or household accidents. When this happens, the oral trauma is often significant, requiring immediate first aid and professional treatment.

If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse it away and soothe the injured tissues with lukewarm saltwater. This will help you get a clear understanding of the extent of the damage to your gums and it will help you see if any of the tooth remains in the socket.

Pick up the tooth by the white part of the crown to inspect it. Avoid touching the root or base of the tooth. It might be possible for your dentist, Dr. Henry Danziger, to implant the knocked-out tooth back into the socket.

For this to be possible, the tooth needs to be whole and alive. You can preserve the tooth by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products available. To use them, you simply place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. With a bit of luck, the specially formulated nourishing gel will keep the knocked-out tooth alive while you make your way to Henry K. Danziger DDS.

Most of the time, the trauma associated with the accident fractures or otherwise damages the tooth so badly that it cannot be implanted back into the socket. In a case like this, your dentist often needs to extract the remnants from the socket and suture the gums. This will effectively reduce the pain and prevent infection. In time, he can help you decide if you would like to replace the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out in Naugatuck, Connecticut, you should not delay in contacting Henry K. Danziger DDS at 203.729.0563 for immediate treatment.