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An accidental blow to the mouth during sports or resulting from a fall in the home can sometimes damage teeth, gums and surrounding soft oral tissues. In some of these cases, enough force can be applied to knock out a tooth or cause it to fracture at the gumline.

In a moment such as this, you will need to apply some essential first-aid measure while seeking emergency treatment from a doctor like Dr. Cory Williams. In some cases he might be able to successfully to implant a knocked out tooth back into its periodontal socket if it is still intact and kept alive.

If necessary, you can preserve the tooth by keeping it moist between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products sold in some stores. This is a small container holding a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution. Soaking the tooth in it can help keep the tooth alive without the inconvenience of having to hold it in your mouth.

If you have some residual blood in your mouth, it can be quickly rinsed away with a little lukewarm saltwater. This might help you to get a clear view of the damage to the gums and other soft tissues.

When you arrive at Dr. Williams’s clinic he can quickly assess the severity of the problem. Then he can help you understand the best treatment plan.

If you live in the Wilmington, North Carolina, area and you have recently suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 910-763-1072 to schedule an emergency appointment at the dental practice of Cory Williams, DDS.