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Human teeth are very hard and durable. Yet there are times when an accidental blow to the mouth can impart enough force to fracture tooth enamel, or potentially knock a tooth out of its natural socket in the gums. If you or someone near you has just suffered a significant dental trauma, you may need to apply some simple oral first-aid while seeking emergency treatment at Cottage Grove Dental.

If there is lingering blood or unwanted material in the mouth, a gentle lukewarm saltwater rinse might be able to clear it away. This might also provide you a better look at the traumatized area.

If a tooth has been knocked out whole and kept alive a dentist like Dr. Brent Bitner might be able to reinsert it into the socket. For this treatment to have any chance of success, the tooth needs to be whole and kept alive.

You might preserve the tooth for up to half an hour by holding it between your cheek and gums. If you suspect it will take you longer than half an hour to reach Dr. Brent Bitner’s clinic, you could also try using one of the tooth-preservation products sold in stores.

The American Dental Association has approved brands that contain a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution. The mineral solution will help keep the tooth and any attached tissues alive while you make your way to Dr. Brent Bitner’s clinic.

If you are in the Cottage Grove, Oregon, area and you or someone near you has just suffered a significant dental trauma, you should call 541-942-7934 to seek emergency treatment at Cottage Grove Dental.