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A knocked-out tooth is almost always a serious cause for concern. Even though your tooth can be knocked out from a hard fall or other common accident, your chances of knocking out a tooth increase if you participate in a contact sport without wearing a quality mouth guard.

Should one of your teeth become knocked out, there are a variety of treatment and restoration options that the staff at Artistry in Dentistry might recommend.

The first step is to clear your mouth of any blood or debris so you can accurately assess the injury to your gums. There is a small chance that your dentist, Drs. Sullivan or Monahan can implant the knocked-out tooth if it is whole and still alive.

You can keep the tooth alive by holding it between your gums and cheek. You should not improvise with milk or saltwater. This can actually introduce bacteria to the surfaces of the tooth or cause irritation.  

If you don’t want to hold the tooth in your mouth, tooth-preservation products are sold in stores. This is a canister that is filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. In order to use the product, you will place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel will keep it alive for a short time while you make your way to Artistry in Dentistry.

If any part of the tooth, root or nerve remains in the socket, Drs. Sullivan or Monahan will likely have to extract the remainder of the knocked-out tooth. Sometimes they can perform a root canal to restore the tooth.

If one of your teeth has been knocked out in Gilbert, Arizona, please call Artistry in Dentistry at 480-374-5562 as soon as possible to have it treated. Drs. Sullivan, Monahan, and our team of dental professionals look forward to helping you maintain your healthy, confident smile!