Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Help! My Kid's Tooth Got Knocked Out!
What happens if your child's adult tooth gets knocked out in an injury? This situation is no fun for anyone. Your poor son or daughter is going to be upset and in pain, and if you haven't read this article in time, you might not know what to do.
Thankfully, the answer is straightforward: Get that tooth back in your child's mouth NOW!
If you're able to place your child's tooth back into the tooth socket within 5 minutes of the injury, there's a much higher chance that the tooth will heal itself back in place. By 30 minutes of the tooth being out, there's no ability for the tooth to recover. If you can help it, do NOT touch the root of the tooth, as you can damage the ligament cells that act to hold the tooth in place. If the tooth has landed in dirt or sand, pick it up by the crown and gently rinse it of loose debris before putting it back in the socket.
After you've placed the tooth back, make an 'emergency appointment' with your dentist to evaluate the situation, as they may want to temporarily bond the tooth to the adjacent teeth to promote stability during the healing process (for a couple of weeks).
This is just a 'nuts and bolts' discussion I'm presenting. If you'd like more information on the topic, please visit the website listed below that has resources for you to download to learn more about teeth injuries and what to do when they occur!
The Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth: Information for the patients/parents/caregivers