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A hard blow to the face from an accidental fall or athletic injury might carry sufficient force to knock one of your teeth out. In a situation like this thoughtful first-aid is of critical importance, while you seek emergency dental care at Dr. Jon Molinare’s clinic.

You can rinse any blood out of your mouth with a little lukewarm saltwater. This might give you a clear view of the trauma and help to ease some of the pain. If the tooth was knocked out whole it can be kept alive by holding it between your tongue and cheek or by placing it in a tooth preservation product made from a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution.

If the tooth or the dental socket has been severely traumatized, or the tooth shattered at the gumline Dr. Jon Molinare might recommend extracting the remnants from the socket. Then he will likely provide you with a prescription for anti-inflammatory or pain management medication. This will help ease the pain while your gums heal.

Once all the traumatized tissues have fully healed Dr. Jon Molinare can start the process of restoring the tooth with a dental bridge. This is basically an artificial tooth that mimics the appearance of the original tooth. It is fused into a solid piece of dental work with an open crown on each end.

It will need to be anchored onto abutments formed out of the healthy core of the two closest teeth. This calls for Dr. Jon Molinare to remove the tooth enamel from each of the teeth.

Dr. Jon Molinare will prepare an impression of the area and any other relevant teeth in your bite pattern. This will be sent to a dental lab where your dental bridge will be created. Dr. Jon Molinare will then secure a temporary crown over each abutment to protect it while the lab completes their work.

Once it’s been cemented in place with a strong dental adhesive your new dental bridge will restore the previously knocked out tooth for many years to come.

If you live in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, and you have just had a tooth knocked out, you should call 973-993-1979 to seek emergency dental care at Molinare Dental Group.