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If you choose not to use an athletic mouth guard at the necessary times, an accidental blow to the mouth could cause significant dental trauma. In some of these cases, the impact can carry enough force to cleave the tooth at the gumline or completely knock it out of the socket.

In a moment such as this, you might need to apply some basic oral first-aid while seeking emergency treatment from a dentist like Dr. Mark Baker.

If blood or debris are obscuring your view of the wounded area, you can gently rinse your mouth with a little bit of lukewarm salt water. If surrounding soft tissues on the cheek and lip are starting to swell, you might be able to minimize the problem by gently holding a cold compress to the area.

If a tooth is whole and kept alive, Dr. Mark Baker and his staff specialists might able to successfully implant it back into the periodontal socket. For this to be viable, you will need to keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums.

There is also a special tooth preservation product that has earned the American Dental Association’s approval and can help keep a knocked out tooth alive. This is a small canister filled with a specially formulated mineral blend, known as a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution. You simply place the tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will preserve your tooth while you drive to Premier Dental.

If you are in the St. George, Utah, area, and if you or someone near you has just suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 435-628-0621 to seek emergency treatment at Premier Dental.