What to do if a Permanent Tooth is Knocked out
If your child knocks out a permanent tooth you might be in a state of panic. Try to remain calm and follow these simple steps to ensure the best outcome.
- Console your child and use added pressure compress to stop the bleeding.
- Find the tooth. Make sure not to touch the root of the tooth, so grab the tooth by the crown (the portion visible to the gum line).Rinse it gently with milk. DO NOT use soap and water.
- If you cannot locate the tooth and think your child may have inhaled it, call their pediatrician or go to the emergency room for an x ray.
- If you think your child will let you, try to put the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container, preferably with cold milk. If milk is not available, put it in a container with the child’s saliva but NOT IN WATER. It’s important that the tooth stays moist.
- Once the tooth is taken care of, call our office to schedule an emergency visit IMMEDIATELY. Time is of the essence to save the tooth. With prompt treatment, the permanent tooth can be replanted in the office. With proper splinting and followup, the tooth can be saved.
- Over the counter pain relievers are fine to use and you can also apply ice for any facial swelling before you come see us.
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