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Athletes who participate in rigorous activities and contact sports should strongly consider using a quality mouthguard. Without this important protection, a potential blow to the face could cause significant damage to one or more of your teeth. In an extreme situation, this could even knock one of your teeth out of its socket or sever it at the gumline.

A situation of this magnitude requires quality first aid while you seek professional attention at Fountains Family Dental.

The first step is to assess the severity of the problem. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away and soothe the injured tissues with lukewarm saltwater. This will help you get a clear view of the oral trauma.

Dr. Timothy Yu might be able to implant the tooth back into the socket. However, the chances of this are very low. For there to have any hope of success, the damage to the socket must be minimal while the tooth needs to be whole and alive.

In a pinch, you can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. Milk and warm water are poor alternatives. There are also tooth-preservation products available in stores that are ideal. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. To use it, you simply place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive for a short time while Dr. Timothy Yu assesses the situation and develops a recommended course of treatment.

If any part of the tooth root remains in the socket, he will most likely have to extract the root and any remaining dental matter. Once your gums have healed, he can help you select the restoration option that best suits you. Most people choose either a dental implant or a standard dental bridge.

If you live in the Chandler, AZ, area and you need treatment for a knocked-out tooth, you should call 480-359-1483 to schedule an emergency appointment at Fountains Family Dental.