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There are some unfortunate times when an athletic injury or household fall can carry enough force to severely damage a tooth or knock it out of its periodontal socket. In a case of dental avulsion, you can apply some simple first-aid measures to manage the pain and prevent further complications, while you seek emergency treatment at Olson Dental Care’s clinic.

If blood or debris are complicating the situation, you can gently rinse your mouth with some lukewarm saltwater. If surrounding soft tissues in the cheek and lip are starting to swell, you might want to try gently applying a cold compress.

If a tooth is whole and kept alive Dr. Mitchell Olson maybe able to successfully implant it back into the socket. You can temporarily preserve the knocked out tooth by holding it between your cheek and gums, or you can use a tooth preservation product that has earned the American Dental Association.

The Save-A-Tooth product is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel, made from a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution. You simply place the traumatized tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will preserve the traumatized tooth while you make your way to Olson Dental Care’s clinic.

Emergency treatment might involve performing a root canal, inserting the whole tooth back into the periodontal socket, or a treatment based extraction of the remaining dental root. If you are in the Bloomington, Minnesota, area and you have suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 952-884-1308 to seek emergency dental treatment at Olson Dental Care.