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A hard or accidental blow to the mouth from a hard fall or household mishap, could potentially carry enough force to knock a tooth out. When this happens the trauma to the tooth and the underlying socket structure can vary.

In a situation like this the wisest course of action is to seek professional treatment from an experienced dentist like Dr. Frederick Prehn. While you are waiting for your emergency dental appointment, there are a few first-aid measures that can help manage the pain and reduce your chances of suffering further complications.

The severity of the trauma to the tooth and gums will also play a factor in the necessary treatments.  Sometimes a gentle saltwater rinse can clear away blood from your mouth and help soothe injured oral tissues.

If the traumatized tooth was knocked out whole and it’s still alive, it might be possible for Dr. Frederick Prehn to install it back into the socket.

Fluids like antiseptic mouthwash, and milk are poor choices for maintaining a living tooth, as they can easily irritate the attached soft tissue cells.

In a pinch you can keep the tooth alive is to hold it between your tongue and cheek. However, a tooth preservation product like Save-a-Tooth might prove to be more effective. It is a small canister with a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution. This brand has been approved, by the American Dental Association to help keep dental tissues alive.

If you need help managing the pain, you might want to try taking a standard dose of anti-inflammatory medication or rubbing a little topical oral analgesic on the nearby gums.

If you are in the Wausau, Wisconsin, area and you have just suffered a significant oral trauma, you need to call 715-842-1270 to seek dental care at Prehn Dental Offices.