Participating in sports, especially contact sports is not without risk of injury. While the occasional bump or bruise is to be expected, there are times when more serious injuries can occur. If you participate in contact sports without the protection of a quality mouth guard, you risk oral and dental injuries. One of the most serious can occur if a blow to the face knocks one of your teeth out.
In a situation like this quality first aid is essential for preventing further complications. To that end Dr. John Fonder offers these basic first aid tips.
If a fall has left blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse it away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm salt water. You shouldn’t rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash, as this will likely irritate the wounded gums.
Dr. John Fonder might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. For this to even be possible the tooth must be whole and still alive.
You should never soak the tooth in water or milk, as this can actually degrade living tissue. The most basic method for keeping 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 will keep it alive for a short time, while you make your way to Dr. John Fonder’s office.
If any part of the tooth remains in the socket, the remainder of the tooth will not survive. In a situation like this, Dr. John Fonder will usually have to extract the remnants of the tooth and suture the gums. Once your gums are healed he can help you understand your restoration options.
If one of your teeth has been knocked out, you should not delay in calling Dr. John Fonder’s clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 918-747-8802 to seek immediate treatment.