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Dental trauma from an unprotected blow to the face during sports, or another form of household accident, can cause significant harm. If the impact carried enough force to break a tooth off at the gum line, or completely knock it out of the socket, you will need to apply some first aid principles while seeking professional care at Dr. Jonathan E. Quillian’s San Antonio, Texas clinic.

It’s important to assess the severity of the damage to your tooth and gums. If you have blood or other unwanted material in your mouth, it can be gently rinsed away with lukewarm salt water. This can help soothe the injured tissues while giving you a clearer view of the oral trauma.

There is a minimal chance that Dr. Jonathan E. Quillian can implant the tooth back in the socket. For there to have any hope of success, the damage to the socket must be minimal while the tooth is whole and still alive.  

In a situation like this, you can keep the tooth alive for a little while by holding it between your cheek and gums. 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. Jonathan E. Quillian determines the best course of action.  

If any part of the tooth’s root lingers in the socket, Dr. Jonathan E. Quillian will most likely have to extract the remnants. Once your gums have healed, we can help you select the restoration option that best suits you. Most people choose either a dental implant or a bridge restoration.

If you live in the San Antonio, Texas area and you need treatment for a knocked-out tooth, you should call 210-680-1550 to schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Jonathan E. Quillian.