Loss of Permanent Tooth
Children lose baby teeth all the time, a little love, ice and a visit from the tooth fairy makes it all better. Its something else altogether when a permanent tooth is knocked out. A quick response can help to save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. How should you handle this emergency?
- Find the tooth, if possible.
- Handle the tooth by the crown (the part you usually see) and NOT by the root (normally unseen).
- Rinse the tooth with water only DO NOT use soap, or handle the tooth more than necessary.
- Inspect the tooth for breakage. If it is whole, try to re-insert it into the socket; if excessive force is needed, do NOT continue to reinsert the tooth. Have your child bite on gauze to hold the tooth in place. If it is broken, collect all the pieces you can find and transport as instructed below.
- If you cannot reinsert the tooth, carry the tooth in a cup containing milk or your child’s saliva to keep it moist; OR if your child is old enough to do so without swallowing it, the tooth may be carried in their mouth, beside the cheek.
- CONTACT OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY! Your child will need to be seen as soon as possible; time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
- Make sure there are no head injuries apart from the teeth. Have the child’s physician perform a head/neck exam.
Chipped or Broken Permanent Teeth
What should you do if your child breaks a permanent tooth? A quick response can help to save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Here is what you should do:
- Rinse the area with warm water.
- Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
- CALL OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY!
- Collect any fragments of the tooth you can find, and take them to the dentist with you.