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A severe blow to the face can sometimes carry enough force to cause significant dental trauma and harm to the soft oral tissues in your mouth. If a tooth has been knocked out, shattered, or broken at the gumline, you should not delay in seeking emergency treatment from a dentist like Dr. Henry Espinosa.

While you’re making your way to his dental offices, you can apply some basic oral first-aid measures. This might help to assess the severity of the problem, while also easing pain, and preserving your treatment options.

Gently rinsing your mouth with lukewarm saltwater can help clear away lingering blood and other unwanted debris. If your gums are bleeding excessively, you can lightly bite down on some sterile gauze to control the bleeding.

If the tooth was knocked out cleanly out of the socket Dr. Henry Espinosa might be able to implant it back into the socket. For this to even be possible the tooth must be completely intact and kept alive.

In a pinch you can preserve the knocked out tooth by holding it between your cheek and gums to keep it alive for a short time. There are also tooth-preservation products sold in stores. This is a canister filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. This will keep it alive until Dr. Henry Espinosa has a chance to treat the situation.

If the tooth broke off at the gumline or a significant amount of the root remains in the periodontal tissues, Dr. Henry Espinosa might be able to restore it with a root canal. In a case of severe dental trauma he might recommend extracting the root of the tooth.

After your gums have healed Dr. Henry Espinosa can help you decide if you would like to replace the tooth with a dental implant. If you live in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area and you have recently suffered a severe dental trauma, you need to call 505-888-1116 to seek emergency treatment at the office of Dr. Henry Espinosa.