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Each one of your teeth is held in the socket by a series of very strong periodontal ligaments. When an oral accident severs these ligaments and effectively knocks a tooth out, it often results in significant oral trauma.

Quality care in a situation like this is absolutely critical for managing pain and minimizing complications. To that end, Dr. Cauleen Stepp offers these first-aid insights.

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 understanding of the extent of the damage and it will help you find out if any of the tooth remains in the socket.

It might be possible for your dentist to implant the knocked-out tooth back into the socket but only as long as it is whole and alive. To do this, you can hold it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products available. To use the product, you simply place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. With a bit of luck, the specially formulated nourishing gel will keep the knocked-out tooth alive until you arrive at Stepp Family Dentistry.

If the tooth was severely fractured and some of the root remains in the socket, Dr. Cauleen Stepp will likely need to extract it. Once your gums have healed, we can help you decide if you would like to restore the knocked-out tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out in Bellaire, Texas, you should not delay in contacting Dr. Cauleen Stepp at 713-520-8400 for immediate treatment.