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Each one of your teeth is held in its socket by a series of strong periodontal ligaments. Unfortunately, there are extreme situations when a hard fall, blow to the face or other unforeseen accident can sever these ligaments and effectively knock the tooth out of place.

Our A Dental Care team offers these first-aid considerations to help you give a knocked-out tooth the special care that is required for fast treatment.

If the tooth is fractured or damaged or if there are parts of the tooth remaining in the socket, we will likely need to perform a root canal to restore structure to the tooth. In an extreme case, we might need to extract the remnants of the tooth and suture the gums. After your gums have healed, we can help you understand your tooth-restoration options.

If the tooth was knocked out cleanly from the socket, you can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. Some stores also sell a tooth-preservation product in their pharmacy section. This is a canister that is filled with a specially formulated nourishing gel. To use it, you simply place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The tooth should stay alive long enough for our dentist to assess the situation.

If you would like further tips on how to handle common oral emergencies in Houston, Texas, you can call A Dental Care at to schedule a consultation with Dr. Firoz Lalani.