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The American Association of Endodontists estimates that an average of five million teeth are knocked out each year. While it is more likely to occur as a result of a sports injury or automobile accident, it is possible for a hard fall or household accident to cause severe dental trauma.

When this happens, fast action and quality first-aid is essential. While you are making your way to Dr. Phuong Nguyen‘s dental office in Fircrest, Washington, there are things you can do to manage the pain and prevent further complications.

If the incident has left you with blood or stray debris in your mouth you can gently rinse it away and with lukewarm salt water. This might also help sooth other traumatized tissues in your mouth. Antiseptic mouthwash is a bad choice as the alcohol or astringents can irritate injured tissues causing more pain.

There’s a slight chance that Dr. Phuong Nguyen can insert the tooth back into the socket. For there to be any chance of success, the tooth needs to be whole and still alive.

To keep the tooth alive you can hold it between your cheek and gums or use one of the tooth-preservation product sold in stores.

If any part of the tooth remains in the socket it will not be viable for implantation. Dr. Phuong Nguyen might perform a root canal to restore the structure of the tooth. Once this is done, she can start the process of fitting you for a basic dental crown.

If the tooth has been severely damaged or the underlying bone structure has been compromised, Dr. Phuong Nguyen might advocate a total extraction. Once your gums have healed, she can help you decide if you’d like to restore the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you are in the Fircrest, Washington, area and you have just suffered a knocked out tooth or severe dental trauma, you should call to schedule an emergency treatment at Tacoma Washington Dentist.