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When a tooth is knocked out of the socket by a sports injury or an accidental blow to the face, the pain can be severe and the dental trauma will require immediate treatment at the dental practice of Nicoletti Dental Group in Poughkeepsie, New York. Some simple first aid methods can help manage the pain and assess the severity of the damage.

If you can help soothe traumatized tissues and provide a better view of the socket with a gentle salt water rinse. If the tooth was knocked out cleanly, and it’s kept alive, our dentists might be able to implant it back in the socket. Unfortunately, in most cases of severe dental trauma, the tooth is too damaged to be saved.

To treat the pain and prevent an infection from forming in the injured tissues, our dentists might recommend extracting the remnants of the root from the socket. After the gums have been closed over the void, they will likely provide you with a prescription for pain management medication.

When you’re ready, our dentist will help you understand your options for replacing the tooth’s presence in your mouth. One common method he might recommend, is to use bridgework. This is essentially an artificial tooth fused to a pair of crowns on each end to create a single piece of dental work. It will eventually be anchored on abutments formed from the neighboring teeth.

The abutments will be formed by our dentist removing the enamel from each of the adjacent teeth. This leaves behind a dentin pillar protecting the pulp of the tooth.

A detailed impression will then be created of the abutments and the corresponding teeth in your dentition. This will be sent to a dental lab where your new bridge is made. At the end of the appointment, temporary crowns are cemented over each abutment to protect them.

You will need to return for a brief second appointment, once the bridge is completed. The temporary crowns will be removed and our dentist will install your new bridge using a powerful dental adhesive.

If you live in the Poughkeepsie, New York area and have had a tooth knocked-out, okpleaseall 845.452.8410 to seek immediate treatment with Dr. Jason Nicoletti or Dr. Victor Feit.