I am a mom of a two active boys. So I see falls all the time. But, we met some friends at the park and my friend’s daughter took a nasty fall. When we ran over to her, we saw what no mother wants to see. She had a mouth full of blood and after closer inspection her tooth was knocked out. We were freaking out because we didn’t know what we were supposed to do? Do you have any tips? I would have felt a lot better knowing what we were supposed to do.
-Sarah in Montana
One of the most frequent emergency dentist visits is because of a knocked out tooth. The big question is, was it a baby tooth? If it is a primary tooth and not a permanent one, the response isn’t as urgent. Call your dentist, they may want to see her to have an exam and make sure there isn’t any underlying damage to the permanent tooth that hasn’t erupted. But otherwise, it’s not too big of a deal.
If the tooth was a permanent tooth, there are some important steps that will increase the chances of saving the tooth.
- Find the tooth or portion of the tooth and clean it.
- Put the tooth in a cup of milk. It is important that the tooth not dry out.
- Call your dentist immediately. It is possible that based on the break, the dentist will want you to place the tooth back in the child’s mouth after it has been cleaned. Some kiddos may be resistant to this, which is understandable.
The dentist will likely want to see the child right away. The treatment plan varies and could involve a root canal treatment, or a splint may assist the healing process. Whatever the case, time is critical. Try to get in immediately for the best outcome.
It’s not necessary that the dentist be a pediatric dentist. Just call your regular dentist and follow their instructions. If the child is already seeing a pediatric dentist, start by calling there.
Thank you for your question.
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