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Dental avulsion is a technical term used to describe a knocked-out tooth. A blow to the face that causes a knocked-out tooth often results in severe trauma. When this happens, providing quality first aid can reduce pain and improve treatment options.

If there is blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. This can also help sooth the injured gums and give you a better look at the situation. If the socket is bleeding profusely, you can lightly bite down on some sterile gauze to stop the bleeding. Try not to swallow too much blood as it can cause nausea.

If the tooth is whole and alive, your dentist, Dr. James Thomason, might be able to implant it back into your gums.

You can keep the tooth alive by holding it in your mouth between your cheek and gums, or you could use one of the tooth-preservation products available in stores. These canisters are filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. You simply place the avulsed tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive for a few hours.

In the majority of cases, an avulsed tooth is actually broken or shattered and critical parts of it remain in the socket. When this happens, the tooth cannot be saved. To prevent pain and future infection, your dentist will likely need to extract the remnants and suture the wound. Once your gums have healed, he can help you decide if you want to replace the tooth with a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If one of your teeth has just been knocked out in Rexburg, Idaho, you should call 208-356-3012 to schedule an emergency appointment at North Fork Dental Care.