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In an average year nearly five million teeth are knocked out of the mouths of athletes, children, and adults. While the majority of these knocked out teeth are a result of sports injuries and accidents, it can also happen from something as mundane as taking a bad fall around the house.

To help you be better prepared, should one of your teeth be knocked out, the dental professionals offer these essential first aid tips to consider.

If there is blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm salt water. This will help you get a better understanding of the severity of the injury. If the socket is bleeding profusely you can lightly bite down on some sterile gauze to stop the bleeding. Try not to swallow too much blood, as it can lead to nausea.

If none of the tooth remains in the socket in your gums and the tooth is whole, Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry might be able to implant the tooth back into your gums. For this to have any chance of success, the tooth must be whole and must be kept alive.

If any part of the knocked out tooth remains anchored in the socket, then Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry will likely need to extract the remainder of the tooth and suture your gums. Once your gums have healed we can help you choose the best method to restore the knocked out tooth

If one of your teeth has recently been knocked out, or you would like more tips for handling common dental emergencies, you can call Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 703-433-2155 to set up a consultation session.