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An accidental fall can sometimes lead to a blow to the face, which harms the mouth. When teeth are chipped, or soft oral tissues are injured, simple first aid might be needed while you seek emergency care from our dentist.

A gentle rinse with lukewarm saltwater can often help to clear away blood from your mouth and might also help soothe the traumatized area.

If a single tooth has been knocked out, our dentist might be able to successfully insert it back into its natural socket in your gums. For this treatment to be viable the tooth needs to be whole and any attached periodontal tissues need to be kept alive.

You can do this by holding it under your tongue or between your teeth and gums. Keeping it moist in the tooth’s natural environment can sometimes preserve the knocked out tooth for up to half an hour. You should never attempt to submerge it in milk, water or antiseptic mouthwash.

If you are uncomfortable with holding the tooth in your wounded mouth, you might want to try keeping it in a canister of tooth preservative. The Save-a-Tooth brand has been approved by the American Dental Association, for its ability to effectively preserve a knocked out tooth. The small canister with a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution designed to help keep the tooth and any attached tissues alive.

After diagnosing the state of the traumatized tooth our dentist will help you understand your treatment options.

If you are in the Laredo, Texas, region and you or someone nearby has just suffered a severe dental trauma, you need to call 956-242-4245 to seek emergency treatment at Planet Dental. Dr. Paul Labbe and Dr. Matthew Staat look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile!