Kids have accidents all the time. It’s always best to be prepared in the event of an emergency, especially one as abrupt as a tooth knocked out. If your child accidentally knocks out a tooth, here’s what you should do to handle the situation.
- Find The Tooth
If possible, find and pick up the tooth from the crown (the top of the tooth), not the root (the part closest to the gums). Do not clean the tooth with soap, scrub it, or handle it without a good care. If it’s covered in dirt, you may very gently rinse the knocked out tooth in water or milk. if you think it’s possible to re-implant it.
- Inspect The Tooth For Fractures
Perform a visual analysis of the tooth to see if there are any cracks or fractures resulting from the impact that knocked it out. If fractures are present, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to reinsert the tooth and you will need to see a paediatric dentist. If the tooth is sound, you may try to reinsert it but watch out for correct orienatation
- Try To Reinsert The Tooth
Try to reinsert the tooth in its socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting down on gauze. If the tooth is undamaged, the surrounding gum tissue will swell up to hold it in place as the nerves reattach themselves over the next few weeks.
- Take The Tooth To The Dentist
If you are unable to reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup of the patient’s saliva or a glass of milk. Doing this helps the gum and nerve to stay alive in preparation for reinsertion into the patient’s mouth. Your specialist kids dentist will be able to either reinsert the tooth or replace it with an implant depending on whether the tooth was found and the condition it is in.
Book an Appointment at Specialist Kids Dentist Today
If your child has knocked out a tooth, call the specialist team at Specialist Kids Dentist today. Start your child on the path towards great oral health for life, schedule an appointment at Specialist Kids Dentist Summer Hill or Liverpool today by calling 02 9600 6848.