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While it’s rare, there are times when an accident or a blow to the face can carry enough force to severely damage or knock a tooth out of its socket. When this happens, the harm to the gums, tooth and underlying socket is often severe. This level of oral trauma typically requires quality first aid while you seek treatment at Ifantis Dental Care.

If the incident has left you with blood or other detritus in your mouth, you can gently rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. You should avoid antiseptic mouthwash as the alcohol or astringents can irritate injured oral tissues. This will help you get a better view of the area so you can assess the severity of the problem.

There is a slight chance that Dr. John Ifantis can implant the tooth back into the socket. For there to be any chance of success, the tooth needs to be whole and alive.

The easiest way to keep the tooth alive is to hold 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 the canister will keep the tooth alive for a short time while you make your way to Ifantis Dental Care.

If there are any remnants of the tooth still in the socket, it will not be viable for implantation. If a significant amount of structure remains, your dentist might be able to perform a root canal to restore the structure of the tooth. Later, he can fit you for a standard dental crown.

For a tooth that has been severely damaged or if there are ancillary issues with the structure of the socket, your dentist might advocate a total extraction. 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 the Morton Grove, Illinois, area and you’ve suffered a significant oral trauma, you should not delay in calling (847) 268.4998 to seek professional care at Ifantis Dental Care.