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It’s not unheard of for a hard fall or a blow to the face to knock one of your teeth out of the socket holding it in your gums. If there is blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away and sooth the injured tissues with lukewarm salt water.

In some cases, the tooth can be implanted back into the socket. However, for this to even be possible it needs to have been knocked out of the socket cleanly and the tooth itself still needs to be alive.

If the tooth was knocked out cleanly from the socket and there are no parts of it still anchored in your gums, you can keep it alive by holding it in your cheek. There are also tooth preservation products available for sale that are 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 you set up your appointment with Dr. Manveen Atwal, DDS.

If the tooth was fractured, damaged or there is some of it still lodged in the socket, then chances are Dr. Manveen Atwal will need to extract it or perform a root canal to restore the tooth. If it needs to be extracted, you might be able to later restore it with a dental implant.

If one or more of your teeth has been knocked out, you should call Dr. Manveen Atwal’s team as soon as possible at 352-231-8451 to schedule an appointment.