Athletic injuries that impact the mouth are a common source of dental trauma and knocked-out teeth. When this happens, you can manage the pain and complications by applying some basic first-aid measures. You should also schedule an emergency appointment with our dentist, Dr. R. Erik Cantwell. In many cases, rising your mouth with lukewarm saltwater can help clear away stray blood and other unwanted material. To help with the bleeding, apply pressure to the area with sterile gauze. However, if the bleeding does not stop, you should go to the emergency room.
A tooth that has been completely knocked out of the socket but kept alive can be placed in its socket. On balance, a tooth remains viable for around 20 minutes after it is knocked out. You might be able to keep the tooth alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products available in stores. It is a canister filled with a specially formulated gel which has been designed to keep the tooth alive for up to half an hour. Depending on the damage, the dentist may treat it with a root canal. This treatment plan will remove the damaged or infected tooth pulp.
If you live in the West Jordan, Utah, area and you have just suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 801.260.0530 to seek emergency treatment at Copper Ridge Dental.