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A hard blow to the mouth that damages soft oral tissues and teeth can often cause significant discomfort. These moments frequently call for some simple first aid while you seek emergency dental care from an endodontist or another oral care specialist.


Sometimes a gentle rinse with lukewarm saltwater can help to clear away blood from the mouth while also helping soothe soft tissue trauma. It might also provide you a better view of the damage.  


If one of your teeth was knocked out whole Dr. Shuyuan Julian Yang might be able to successfully install it back into the periodontal socket.  For this treatment to be viable the tooth and any attached periodontal tissues need to be preserved.


This can be done by holding it under your tongue or between your teeth and gums to keep it moist. You should never attempt to submerge it in milk, water or antiseptic mouthwash as this could shock the still living tooth and lead to further complications.  


There is also an American Dental Association approved tooth preservation product known as Save-a-Tooth that can effectively preserve a knocked out tooth without needing to hold it in your already traumatized mouth. It is a small canister with a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution designed to help keep the tooth and any attached tissues alive.  


If you need help managing the pain, you might want to try taking a standard dose of an over the counter pain medication or gently rubbing a small amount of topical oral analgesic on the nearby soft tissues.


If you are in the Parsippany, New Jersey, region and you or someone nearby has just suffered a severe dental trauma, you need to call 973-263-3006 to seek emergency treatment at Shuyuan Julian Yang, DDS.