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Athletes who participate in vigorous sports that risk contact to the mouth, need to use a quality mouth guard at all the appropriate times. Stock mouth guards, thermoplastic units, and custom mouth guards are all designed to help buffer the teeth from a blow to the mouth.

If you fail to use the mouth guard at the appropriate times, a hard blow to the face could convey enough force to knock out a tooth or cause it to cleave or fracture at the gumline.

In a situation like this, you will need to administer some basic first-aid measures to help manage the pain, and minimize complications, while seeking quality oral care at Hoke Road Dental’s clinic.

Any lingering blood in your mouth can quickly be rinsed away with a little lukewarm saltwater. This might help you to get a clear view of the damage to the tooth’s socket and other soft tissues.

Dr. Rani Ramnath might be able to successfully to implant the tooth back into the periodontal socket if it is still intact and kept alive.

The easiest way to preserve the tooth is to hold it between your cheek and gums. There are also special tooth-preservation products sold in stores that contain a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution. Soaking the tooth in the solution can help keep the tooth alive without the inconvenience of having to hold it in your mouth.

When you arrive at Hoke Road Dental’s clinic the severity of the situation can be quickly assessed, and you will be presented with the applicable treatment options.

If you live in the Clayton, Ohio, area and you have recently suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 937-832-8000 to schedule an emergency appointment at Hoke Road Dental.