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Your teeth are anchored into your gums pretty solidly. However, even with the full force of your periodontal ligaments and other structures keeping your teeth in place, it’s possible for them to be knocked out. While this is unfortunate, it’s often unavoidable if you participate in contact sports or work in a hazardous environment.

If you do happen to have a tooth knocked out, you need to follow the following first aid tips.

If one of your teeth is knocked out, there are a few things our J. PARHAM DENTISTRY team recommends that you do to manage the situation or improve your chances of having a successful restoration.

If you have 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 view of the damage to your mouth.

It might be possible for your dentist, Dr. James S. Parham, to successfully implant a knocked-out tooth back into its socket. However, for this to be possible, the tooth needs to have been cleanly knocked out of the socket and the tooth still needs to be alive.

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 long enough for the dentist to assess the situation and attempt implantation.

Losing a tooth due to having it knocked out is never a pleasant situation, but it doesn’t have to be a devastating moment. If you react quickly and follow the above first aid advice, you’ll be able to save your tooth – and your smile.