Save That Knocked Out Tooth!

If your child comes running to you with a tooth in their hand and not in their mouth, don’t panic. If your child has lost a baby tooth, just let it go. If your child lost a permanent tooth, then he need a dental emergency care. However, there are steps that you can take to save the tooth.

Step 1.

Check to make sure your child does not have any serious injuries to other teeth, lips, jaws, head and neck.

Step 2.

Try your best to find the permanent tooth. If you find it only handle the tooth by the crown and not the root.

Step 3.

Rinse the tooth gently with saline or milk. Try not to use water unless there is no other option.

Step 4.

Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water. If you feel comfortable re-implant the tooth in the socket facing the right way and have them gently bite down on some gauze. If the tooth is broken or you are uncomfortable with re-implanting the tooth place the tooth in a glass of milk. This will keep the tooth “alive” until you can come to our office.

Majority of young children can have their permanent teeth saved if you take these measures. Once ready future Orthodontics may be needed to help move the tooth to a better position.

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