Does Your Child have a Knocked Out Tooth?
As your child plays and explores the world around them, accidents can happen. Tripping down the stairs, hitting the floor, or biting on something as hard as a rock can cause a dental injury or even knock out a tooth.
As a parent, seeing your child’s teeth knocked out can be a scary thing. Thankfully, our dental specialists know exactly how to treat your child’s knocked-out teeth, and are always ready to help you and your child feel better and smile better.
At Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville, we’re here to help your child achieve optimal health, starting with the teeth. We perform dental examinations and check-ups for children of all ages. Dental emergencies do not faze us — after all, what is life without adventure for a child?
We look forward to working with you as a parent or guardian to help treat your child’s early adult tooth growth. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Possible Causes of a Knocked Out Tooth
- Sport injuries
- Slips and falls onto hard or pointed surfaces
- Auto accidents
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Treating Knocked Out Tooth at Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville
A knocked-out tooth is a medical emergency, and requires immediate professional assistance. If your child has a knocked-out tooth, do not try to put the tooth back into the mouth — take them to our clinic immediately.
When your child experiences a knocked out tooth, here are the steps you should take:
- Find the tooth
- Rinse the tooth with clean water and put it in milk
- Have your child bite on a handkerchief or paper towel (this slows down the blood flowing out of the wound)
- Take the child (and the knocked-out tooth) to see our emergency dentists
If the knocked-out tooth is an adult tooth, our dental specialist would numb the affected area inside the month, reposition the tooth, take an X-ray to ensure it’s in the proper position, and splint the knocked out tooth to the teeth on either side to keep it in place.
If the knocked-out tooth is a baby tooth, our emergency dentist would examine your child’s adult tooth growth to determine whether or not to implant the baby tooth, or if it would be best to simply wait for the adult tooth to emerge.
If the tooth is just chipped, it is not an emergency; make an appointment to have our dental specialists fill the tooth or smooth it down during our next open dental surgery.
Charlottesville Knocked Out Tooth Treatment
Our friendly, professional dentists are ready to help you and your child with dental emergencies, including knocked out teeth. There is no need to panic; we are always there to help you stop the blood, reposition the teeth, and help your child feel better after the dental injury.
We Accept Most Insurance & Medicaid
We believe every child should have access to the best dental care possible. We proudly accept Medicaid and many other insurance plans, including those from:
- United Concordia
- Delta Dental
Early Adult Tooth Growth FAQs
What if I cannot find the knocked out tooth?
If you are unable to find your child’s knocked out tooth, don’t worry — bring your child to our clinic, and we’ll discuss options for teeth replacement.
How can I prevent my child’s teeth from being knocked out?
If your child plays an active sport where there’s a risk of being hit in the mouth, such as rugby or hockey, a custom mouthguard made by one of our dental specialists is the best protection for your child’s teeth.
My child has Special Needs and has trouble at the dentist. Can you still treat their early adult tooth growth?
In most cases, we can perform basic dental x-rays, exams, and cleanings for children who have Special Needs. Our Charlottesville cavity dentists are experienced and enjoy working with kids who have Special Needs, including kids with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, children on the Autism Spectrum, and children who deal with dental anxiety.
We’ll do our best to help your child relax so they can receive the dental care they need. In some cases, we will recommend nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or other sedation dentistry options.
Learn More About Our Complete Offering of Dental Services
Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville
Address: 1470 Pantops Mountain Pl Ste 1 Charlottesville, VA 22911 (Click for Directions)
Hours: Mon-Thur: 8AM-5PM | Fri: 8AM-4PM
Phone: (434) 260-6836
Fax: (434) 817-1819