Trauma is the largest cause of dental emergencies in children. Trauma to the mouth, lips, chin, or teeth are all reasons to call our office. Damage to these areas can lead to a number of different issues, ranging from a chipped tooth to a broken jaw.
If your child has lost conscious as a result of any injury to the head or mouth, make sure to call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room.
How you handle tooth loss will vary depending on if the tooth was a permanent, adult tooth or a baby tooth.
Permanent Tooth Loss
Unlike baby teeth, which naturally fall out as your child ages and develops, permanent tooth loss is serious and requires immediate attention. Once your child alerts you that the tooth has been knocked out, make sure to follow these steps to prevent further damage.
- Rinse the tooth gently with warm water, being careful not to scrub or clean it.
- If you don’t think the tooth will be swallowed, place it back in the mouth, either in the socket it came from or between the cheek and gum. If your child is young and you think your child may swallow the tooth, please DO NOT have him or her hold the tooth in their mouth.
- If you don’t feel comfortable putting the tooth back into the mouth, put it in a container with milk, saliva, or plain water.
Make sure you handle the tooth only by the crown, as it can be damaged by touching the root.
If your child has experienced a trauma or accident that resulted in the loss of a tooth, please call our office immediately. The chances of saving the tooth are best if addressed right away.