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There are rare instances when a household accident or sports injury can carry enough force to severely damage or knock a tooth out of its socket. When this happens, the pain and discomfort often demands quality first-aid while seeking professional care with a dentist like Dr. Holly Krystek.

It might be helpful to assess the severity of the damage to the tooth and trauma to your gums. You can do this with a gentle rinse with saltwater to clear away lingering blood and other unwanted debris. If your gums are bleeding excessively, you can lightly bite down on some sterile gauze to control the bleeding.

If the tooth was knocked out cleanly out of the socket, Dr. Holly Krystek might be able to implant it back into the socket. For this to even be possible the tooth must be completely intact and kept alive.

You can hold the tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gums to keep it alive for a short time. There are also tooth-preservation products sold in stores. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. This will keep it alive until Dr. Holly Krystek has a chance to treat the situation.

If any remnants of the tooth still exist in the socket Dr. Holly Krystek might be able to restore it with a root canal. In a case of severe dental trauma she might recommend extracting the root of the tooth. Once your gums have healed Dr. Holly Krystek can help you decide if you would like to replace the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant.

If you live in the Muscatine, Iowa, area and you have recently suffered a knocked out tooth, you need to call 563-263-9082 to seek urgent treatment at Lifetime Dentistry.