Posted September 26, 2017.

Sports injuries, automotive collisions, and severe household accidents can sometimes cause significant dental trauma. If a tooth is avulsed, knocked out, or breaks at the gumline, you should will need to apply some basic first-aid principles while seeking care from the dentists at EccoDental.

The easiest way to assess the severity of the injury is to gently rinse your mouth with some lukewarm saltwater. This might also help soothe the dental socket and any other soft tissue trauma in your mouth.

In some cases the tooth might still be viable for Dr. German G. Jaquez to successfully implant it back into the socket. For this to be possible it must be whole and kept alive while you seek care.

You can temporarily preserve the knocked out tooth by holding it between your cheek and gums, or you can use a tooth-preservation product. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. You simply place the traumatized tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive long enough for our dentists to assess the situation and come up with a treatment plan.

Just be sure to look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance on the canister. This indicates that the ADA has tested and researched it for safety and effectiveness.

If the tooth was severely traumatized or broke off at the gumline Dr. German G. Jaquez might be able to perform endodontic therapy to restore sufficient structure to anchor a dental crown.

In a case where the damage is severe, he might have to extract any remnants of the tooth from the socket. After your gums have healed, Dr. German G. Jaquez can help you decide if you want to have a dental bridge or a dental implant installed to replace the missing tooth.

If you are in the Glendora, California, area and you have suffered a knocked out tooth, you should call 626-771-0064 to seek emergency dental treatment at EccoDental.