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Injuries, accidents, and emergencies can happen to your mouth just like any other part of the body. If a dental emergency strikes your household, it’s important to act fast but also keep calm. If you or your child has had a tooth knocked out, there are a few things you can do to improve the chances your dentist can implant it successfully back into the gum tissue.

Keeping the tooth moist greatly improves the chances it can be implanted again. Resist the temptation to clean the tooth and handle it as little as possible. You should place the tooth in lukewarm water or simply tuck it between your gums and cheek.

There are also tooth-preservation products on the market that are designed to help preserve a tooth that has been knocked out. They usually come in a small container filled with a nourishing gel that is designed to help keep the knocked-out tooth alive until you can get to your dentist. You simply unscrew the cap, place the tooth in the gel and seal it again.

You can lightly bite down on some sterile gauze if the empty socket is bleeding. Avoid manipulating the socket with your tongue.

The sooner you can get to your dentist, the better the chances are that the tooth can be implanted. If you or your child has a tooth knocked out, you should call us immediately at 952-226-7940 to schedule an appointment.