My Child Knocked Out a Tooth! What Should I Do?
July 29, 2021
Dental emergencies are difficult enough to deal with when they involve you, but when it’s your child, it can be even more stressful. It is hard to know what to do when you’re face with a situation, like a knocked-out tooth. By remaining calm and seeing your child’s dentist as soon as possible, they will do everything they can to return your child’s smile to health. But what should you do while you are your child are still at home? Read on to learn which steps you should take for the best possible outcome.
What to Do If a Baby Tooth Is Knocked Out
Baby teeth don’t have roots nearly as long as permanent teeth, so they tend to come out a lot easier in the event of an injury. Typically, baby teeth are not replaced because doing so can cause damage to the underlying permanent tooth that’s still developing, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that your child’s in the clear. Have them bite down on a clean washcloth soaked in cold water to compress the area. This will help to reduce swelling and stop the bleeding. Afterwards, give their dentist a call. This way, they can give you further instructions and let you know if you should go to the dental office.
What to Do If Your Child Lost a Permanent Tooth
When a permanent tooth is lost, the situation is generally more serious. Here are a few steps that you should take for the best possible result:
- Find the Tooth: You shouldn’t leave the tooth behind. Search for it. Once you find it, pick up the tooth by the crown, or the chewing surface. Do not touch the root because you don’t want to accidentally cause additional damage.
- Clean the Tooth: If there is dirt on the tooth, give it a quick rinse with water. Don’t use any chemicals or soap. Refrain from scrubbing or drying the tooth as well.
- Put the Tooth Back: Help your child put the tooth back into their socket. Have them bite down to try and keep it in place. If you are unable to put it back, have them either hold it in their cheek or place it into a container of milk.
- Head to the Dentist: By getting to the dentist within an hour, there will be a much greater chance that your child’s tooth will be saved!
Knocking out a tooth can be alarming, but it happens all the time. By acting calmly and quickly, their smile will be as good as new in no time!
About the Author
Dr. Weston Jones is an experienced dentist who has been working in the dental field for well over a decade. He earned his dental doctorate from Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry before completing his Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Currently, he is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist. If your child knocked out a tooth, he’d be happy to help. For more information or to schedule an urgent appointment, visit his website or call (432) 520-5437.
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