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Each of the teeth in your mouth is anchored into the socket by strong periodontal ligaments. These ligaments are meant to hold each tooth in place for daily activities like biting off, chewing and grinding foods. There are other times when something like a hard fall or a blow to the face hits with such supernatural force that it can knock one or more of your teeth out.

Having a tooth knocked out is always a traumatic experience. With that in mind Dr. Laura Miller offers these basic first aid considerations to help manage the problem.

The first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water. This will help wash away any lingering blood and debris to give you a better look at the exposed socket.

If the tooth was fractured, damaged or some of it remains in the socket, the tooth is likely lost. Dr. Laura Miller will need to extract the remnants of the tooth and allow it to heal. Once the area is healed she can provide you understand your options for restoring or 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 that Dr. Laura Miller can implant it back into your mouth.

You can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also preservation products 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. Laura Miller to assess the situation.

Dr. Laura Miller can then assess if the tooth is viable for implanting back into the socket, or if it needs to be restored by other means.

If you have just had a tooth knocked out, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Laura Miller’s Middletown, Connecticut clinic to set up an emergency appointment.