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Oral trauma is often the result of an accidental blow to the face without the protection of a quality mouthguard. Contact sport athletes are at increased risk of having a tooth knocked out. Should something like this befall you, it’s important to apply conscientious first aid while seeking professional dental care at Jeff Jones, DDS.

The first thing to do is assess the severity of the oral trauma and the damage to the tooth. If oral debris or lingering blood obscure your vision, you can rinse your mouth clean with lukewarm saltwater. You shouldn’t use antiseptic mouthwash as the alcohol or astringent chemicals can irritate traumatized gum tissues.

It might be possible for Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones to implant the tooth back into the socket. For this to even be possible, the tooth needs to have been knocked out of the socket cleanly and it still needs to be alive.

In a situation like this, you can keep the tooth alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There is also a tooth-preservation product sold in stores. To use it, you simply place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel inside will keep it alive for a short time while you make your way to Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones’s clinic.

If the tooth broke off at the gumline or if any of the root remains in the socket, it will not be viable for implantation. To treat a case like this, Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones might be able to save the tooth with a root canal. If the damage to the root or socket proves to be severe, he might advocate extracting the remnants of the tooth and suturing the gums. Later, he can help you decide if you’d like to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you live in Dallas, Texas, and you’ve suffered an oral or dental trauma, you should call 214.824.2130 to seek treatment at Jeff Jones, DDS.