What should I do if my child falls and loses a permanent tooth?
Having a tooth knocked out can be a painful and scary experience for both you and your child. It is important that you remain calm and help your child avoid panic. If possible, find the tooth, holding it by the top portion (the crown). If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water. Do not scrub it or use any type of soap, and do not dry it or wrap it in cloth or tissue. Once the tooth has been cleaned, see if it is possible to reinsert the tooth into the socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth into a glass of milk and bring it and your child immediately to our office for treatment.
Can you save your child’s tooth?
It is important to note that quick action on your part may mean that your child’s tooth can be saved and reinserted. If at all possible, reinsert the tooth carefully into the socket and push gently with your fingers, or have your child bite down gently to push it back into the socket. If this isn’t possible, keep the tooth moist by placing it into a glass of milk, have your child hold the tooth in their mouth next to the cheek (only do this with older children who will not swallow the tooth), or use an emergency tooth preservation kit. Do not use tap water. Then, take your child to the pediatric dentist within 30 minutes of the tooth loss.