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My Child Got a Tooth Knocked Out! What Now?

With summer vacation time to take advantage of, and energy to spend, sports and roughhousing become the order of the day! With the increased activity comes increased risk of injury to kids – such as a knocked-out tooth.

By staying calm, you can help your child to successfully deal with these incidents.

Find the Tooth!

The first step is to help your child remain calm. Address the bleeding with a moist towel against the injured site. Try to recover the knocked-out tooth. It’s possible it could have gotten forced into the bone in your child’s mouth. If you are sure it fell out, look carefully for it.

Caring for A Stray Tooth

A tooth could actually stand a chance of being reattached to the socket as long as it’s kept clean. Keep the following points in mind when handling a tooth that’s been knocked out:

  • If it is a permanent tooth, it can be reinserted immediately (by yourself!)
  • Clean the tooth by pouring milk or saltwater over it
  • Don’t scrub the tooth to clean it as that can damage the microscopic attachment fibers
  • Store the tooth in milk or water if it can’t be inserted at home
  • See the dentist as soon as possible

What Your Dentist Can Do

Your dentist will determine whether or not the tooth can be inserted to heal on its own. If that’s not an option, your dentist will discuss restorative options with you and your child.

In the event of a dental emergency such as a tooth being knocked out, don’t panic. Consult your dentist immediately, and be sure to talk about getting an athletic guard to prevent the same emergency from happening again in the future.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618


Emergency Care For A Knocked Out Tooth

It is a nice day, and you are outside hiking when you trip and fall, and accidently knock out a tooth.  Or perhaps your teenage son is outside with his friends and a ball accidently hits him in the mouth, dislodging a tooth.

Accidental tooth dislodgement does happen, and while frightening and sometimes a bit painful, these teeth can almost always be repaired and implanted back in the mouth if seen by a qualified dentist within an hour.

In cases of accidental dislodgement, you should immediately contact your dentist for an emergency dental care appointment.  At that point, you should retrieve the knocked-out tooth and place it in a glass of salt water, milk, or saliva.  There should be enough fluid to cover the tooth.  If possible, and if there is not a lot of trauma to the gum line or tooth, you can try placing the tooth back in the socket and driving immediately to the dentist.

Do not clean the tooth or rinse it off before placing it in the fluid.  You do not want to ruin any root ends or crack the tooth by doing so.  There are products on the market that you can use to store the tooth in, but it is more important to be promptly seen by the dentist then it is to buy the product.

If your tooth is just a loose from taking a hard fall, call your dentist for an appointment.  Eat only soft foods or liquids until being seen by the dentist, and avoid excessive brushing or flossing of that tooth until seen.  If you are your child are involved in routine outdoor activities where falling is of concern, using a mouth guard may help prevent accidental tooth dislodgement.


How to Handle Knocked Out Teeth

In many cases, a knocked out permanent tooth (called “avulsed” by dentists) can be successfully reimplanted if you act quickly and seek dental treatment.  Permanent teeth can be knocked out by all sorts of trauma including car accidents, a fall, fighting, a sports injury, or even by accidently biting into something hard like a bone or pit.

Time is of the essence for replacing a knocked out tooth.  It is imperative to get to the dentist with the tooth as quickly as possible.  The longer it takes to get to the dentist, the lower the chances that the tooth can be successfully reimplanted.  If possible, it would be a good idea to call your dentist and tell them that you are on your way with a knocked out tooth.  If they can’t treat you immediately, find a dentist that offers emergency dental care.

The tooth must be handled carefully to avoid further damage.  Handle the tooth by the crown only.  Avoid touching the root.  If the tooth is dirty, rinse it with milk or water.  Don’t dry the tooth or rub it with a cloth.

The tooth should be kept moist.  The best alternative is to put the tooth back into it’s socket if possible.  It should slide in easily.  Hold it in place by biting down gently on a gauze pad.

Don’t try to force it into the socket if it does not go in easily.  Instead, put it into a container with milk or saliva.  You can even transport the tooth by putting it between your lower lip and gum or under your tongue.  Be very careful not to swallow the tooth.

In many cases your dentist will be able to successfully reimplant the tooth.  The tooth will be held in place by splitting it to neighboring teeth and will often heal in three to four weeks.   If the tooth cannot be reimplanted, your dentist may recommend a dental implant or bridge.

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