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A blow to the face from a household accident or sports injury can sometimes cause significant dental trauma. In these extreme situations, one of your teeth can break off at the gumline or be completely knocked out of its socket.

In a situation like this, you need to apply some basic first-aid measures, to help manage the pain and minimize complications. while seeking professional care at Dr. Brenda E. Howard’s dental office in Lanham, Maryland.

Assessing the severity of the trauma can be beneficial. If you have blood or other unwanted material in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This might help you determine the trauma to your gums and other soft tissues as well as the remnants of the tooth’s root.

It might be possible for Dr. Brenda E. Howard to implant the tooth back into the socket. Yet this is very rare. For there to have any hope of success, the damage to the socket must be minimal while the tooth is whole and still alive.

You shouldn’t use milk and warm water to preserve the tooth. The easiest way to keep the tooth alive is to hold it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products available in stores that are ideal.

This small canister is filled with a special nourishing gel. You simply place the whole tooth in the jar and seal it. The special gel will keep it alive for a short time, while a Dr. Brenda E. Howard assess the situation and develops a recommended course of treatment.

If the tooth fractured at the gum line Dr. Brenda E. Howard might be able to perform a root canal to restore enough structural integrity to anchor a dental crown.

In a severe case she might need to extract the root and any remaining dental matter. Once your gums have healed, Dr. Brenda E. Howard can help you understand your dental restoration options

If you live in the Lanham, Maryland, area and you need treatment for a knocked out tooth, you should call 301.552.2662 to schedule an emergency appointment at Blissful Dental.