Considerations for Dealing with a Knocked Out Tooth

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Just like any other part of your body an accident or emergency can also happen in your mouth. While your teeth are usually anchored very firmly in place, it’s still not unheard of for something like a hard fall or a blow to the face to actually knock one of your teeth out of the socket or fracture it all the way through.

While it isn’t common, there are times when Dr. David Blake Lawlor, DDS, LLC can implant the knocked out tooth back into the socket. For the procedure to have any chance of success, the tooth needs to be whole and it needs to still be alive.

If the tooth was fractured, damaged or there is some of it still lodged in the socket, it most likely means that we will need to perform a root canal to restore the tooth, or extract the remainder of the tooth. If it needs to be extracted, you might be able to later restore it with a dental implant.

If the tooth was knocked out cleanly from the socket and none of it remains in your gums, you can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth preservation products available in some 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 set up your appointment at Dr. David Blake Lawlor, DDS, LLC

If one or more of your teeth has been knocked out, you need to call Dr. David Blake Lawlor, DDS, LLC immediately at 316-684-5511 to schedule an appointment.