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Your teeth are anchored in their sockets by the roots and a series of very strong periodontal ligaments. This gives them the strength and integrity to bite and chew very hard foods. While it is rare, there are times when a blow to the face or other oral trauma can impose enough force on a tooth to knock it out. When this happens, the resulting trauma is so severe that it requires first aid while establishing an emergency appointment at Nicholas A. Jamison II DDS.

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

Your dentist, Dr. Nicholas A. Jamison II, might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. However, for this to have any hope of success, 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 until Dr. Nicholas A. Jamison II can assess and treat 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, he can help you select the restoration option that best suits you.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out in Greeley, Colorado, you need to call 970-506-1122 to schedule an emergency appointment with Nicholas A. Jamison II DDS.