A hard blow to the face from a sports related injury, household accident, or automobile crash can sometimes cause significant oral trauma. If one of your teeth is knocked out by the incident, the damaged tooth will require immediate first-aid. This can help minimize the pain and prevent undue complications while you await care at Dr. Van Parham’s clinic.
It’s important to assess the severity of the damage to your tooth and surrounding gum tissues. If you have blood or other unwanted material in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with some lukewarm saltwater. This can help soothe the injured tissues while giving you a clearer view of the damage.
There is a slight chance that Dr. Van Parham can implant the tooth back in the socket. For this to be possible the tooth needs to be whole and kept alive.
You can do this by holding the knocked out tooth between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products available in stores that can help. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. You place the tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive for a short time, while Dr. Van Parham determines the best course of treatment.
If some of the tooth remains in the socket Dr. Van Parham might need to perform a root canal. This will restore enough structure to eventually anchor a dental crown. If the oral trauma is severe, Dr. Van Parham might need to extract whatever remains of the tooth from the socket. Once your gums have fully healed he can help you choose your preferred method for restoring the tooth.
If you live in the Irving, Texas, area and you need treatment for a knocked-out tooth, you should call 972-441-8199 to schedule an emergency appointment at The Art of Dentistry.