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Athletic injuries and accidental blows to the mouth caused by a fall in the home can sometimes damage soft oral tissues and gums. In these moments you might need to apply some simple oral first aid while you seek professional treatment.

If the soft tissue trauma has caused minor bleeding, you might be able to lightly pack the area with sterile gauze after gently rinsing the area with lukewarm saltwater. Consuming a standard dose of an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication might also help minimize discomfort.

If a tooth has been knocked out of the periodontal socket, it might be installed back into place by a dentist like Dr. Hang Truong or Dr. Asma Sajid. For this treatment strategy to succeed the tooth must be whole and kept alive.

If necessary, you can preserve it for up to half an hour by placing it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation kits available in the oral hygiene aisle of many stores that can also keep a tooth alive. They use a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution to preserve the tooth and any attached periodontal tissues.

Once our dentist has assessed the severity of the damage to your mouth, we will help you understand your treatment options.

If you are in Roseville, California, and you have just suffered a significant oral trauma you should call 916-784-3337 to seek emergency treatment at Rock Rose Dental.