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Sometimes a blow to the face can carry enough force to cause severe dental trauma. This might cause a tooth to shatter or even break off at the gumline. In an extreme case, the force might be sufficient to sever the periodontal ligaments that anchor a tooth in the gums, effectively knocking it out of the socket.

In a situation like this, you will need to seek emergency dental care from a professional dentist like Dr. Douglas Wheelock. With thoughtful first-aid and timely treatment you can minimize the pain while improving your chances of saving the traumatized tooth.

In most cases the knocked-out tooth won’t be able to remain viable for more than half an hour. If you can’t immediately make it to Dr. Douglas Wheelock‘s dental office in Sioux City, Iowa, you might want to try keeping the tooth alive with a tooth-preservation product, that’s been approved by the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

The small canister contains a Hanks Balanced Salt Solution of suspended minerals and other active ingredients. It has been specially formulated to help keep a tooth alive. This can extend the available time to reach Dr. Douglas Wheelock’s dental office.

If you can’t easily find a tooth preservation product you can help keep the tooth alive by holding it in your mouth between your cheek and gums. If you are in the Sioux City, Iowa, area and you have suffered a severe dental trauma, you should call 712-274-2038 to seek emergency dental treatment at Wheelock & Bursick Dentistry.