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Having a tooth knocked out is a phrase that can be a bit of a misnomer. It’s actually rather rare for a tooth to be cleanly knocked out of the socket and remain completely whole. Most of the time, the tooth is severely fractured and some remnants of it remain in the socket.

The first step in providing first aid for a knocked-out tooth is to assess the situation. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm saltwater. If the socket is bleeding profusely, you can lightly bite down on some sterile gauze to help control the bleeding.

If by a stroke of luck the tooth was knocked out in one piece, your dentist, Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann, might be able to successfully implant the tooth back into your gums. For this to even be possible, the tooth must be whole and kept alive.

To keep the tooth alive, you can keep it in your mouth between your cheek and gums or you could use one of the tooth-preservation products that are available in stores. These products contain a specially formulated nourishing gel. All you have to do is place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive for a short period of time.

If any part of the knocked-out tooth remains anchored in the socket, our experienced dental team will likely need to extract the remnants. Once your gums have healed following extraction, your dentist will tell you your options for restoring the tooth’s presence and function in your mouth.

If one of your teeth has recently been knocked out, you should call Dr. Ronald Fuhrmann as soon as possible at 757-716-7943 to schedule an emergency appointment in Virginia Beach, Virginia.