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Your teeth are held tightly in their sockets by a series of periodontal ligaments. As strong as they are, there are still some extreme situations when a blow to the face or other accident can completely knock out a tooth.

This level of trauma always calls for quality first aid to help manage the pain while you assess your treatment options. To that end, your dentist, Dr. Aram Cazazian, offers these important insights.

If there are blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm saltwater. This will help you get a clear view of the damage to your mouth.

We might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. However, in order for this to happen, the tooth must be whole and alive.

If the tooth is whole, you can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products available 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 nourishing gel will keep it alive for a short time while your dentist assesses and treats the situation.

If any part of the tooth root remains in the socket, your dentist will most likely have to extract the remainder of the knocked-out tooth. Once your gums have healed, we can help you select the restoration option that best suits you.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out in Bayside, New York, you need to contact Bayside Family Dentistry at (718) 423-7009 to set up an emergency appointment.