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If you have had a tooth knocked out, the damage to the soft tissues in your mouth can be extensive and the pain can be severe. You should call Dr. Scott McQuiston at McQuiston Dental for an appointment as soon as possible. While you are waiting to see the dentist, there are some basic steps you can take that might allow you to save the tooth.

First, find the tooth if you can. Do not handle it by the roots, but rinse it in cold water. Gently rinse your mouth with lukewarm saltwater to clear away any blood or debris. Do not use antiseptic mouthwash as the alcohol or astringent chemicals can irritate traumatized soft tissues.

If you can, place the tooth back in the socket, and hold it in place by gently biting down on it through a piece of gauze. You can also preserve the tooth by placing it between your cheek and gums. You might also try placing your tooth in a preservative solution, which is available in many stores. Ideally, you should see the dentist within 30 minutes, however the tooth might remain viable for up to two hours.

If the oral trauma is severe, Dr. McQuiston might recommend extracting any remnants of the tooth, and suturing your gums. Once your mouth has fully healed he can help you decide if you’d like to replace the tooth with a bridge or dental implant.

If you are in Alexandria, Virginia, and you’ve had a tooth knocked out, you should call 703-354-0111 so that we can see you as soon as possible.