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There are rare times an accidental blow to the face can cause severe oral trauma. This can result in damage to teeth as well as soft oral tissues. If your gums have been injured or a tooth has been knocked out, you should seek emergency dental care from a professional dentist like Dr. Carol Halloran.

In most of these cases, the severity of the trauma will determine the necessary treatment strategy she recommends. Traumatized soft tissues can often be sutured or packed with sterile gauze to control the bleeding. 

If a tooth has been knocked out completely, Dr. Halloran might be able to successfully implant it back in the socket. However, the tooth will need to be kept alive while you are en route to her dental office. You can do this by placing it between your cheek and gums or placing the knocked out tooth in a canister of tooth-preservation product. It contains a special mineral solution that has been specially formulated to keep the tooth alive. The Save-A-Tooth brand has been recognized by the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance program.

Even if the knocked out tooth cannot be implanted back into the socket, if some of the root structure remains viable, Dr. Halloran might be able to restore it with endodontic therapy and a dental crown. In a severe case where the root has been badly traumatized or some of the socket structure has also been affected she might recommend extracting the remnants of the tooth.

Once your mouth has fully healed she can help you understand your dental restoration options, this often involves installing a dental bridge or performing a dental implant restoration. 

If you are in Waterloo, Iowa, and you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you should call 319.291.3908 to seek emergency treatment at Crossroads Dental’s dental office.