First Aid for a Knocked Out Tooth
One of the more traumatic events involving your child’s teeth is the day they get their tooth knocked out. Below are guidelines that will help you navigate this traumatic event.
First and foremost, remain calm and keep your child calm!
Is it a Baby Tooth?
That is a great question, right? If your child is around seven years old and the tooth has little or no root, is rather small, and the child doesn’t have a history of losing that particular tooth; then you may be out some money for the tooth fairy.
Often I would have parents call my office and state that their child “broke” their tooth in half. Upon the child coming into the office, it would simply be a traumatic exfoliation of a baby tooth and the permanent tooth was beginning to erupt.
However, if your child is older and their tooth has a longer root, then it is time to take action and take the necessary steps to save your child’s tooth.
Time is of the Essence
If a permanent tooth is replanted, or put back into the socket, within the first 1.5 hours of being avulsed (knocked out), then it has a much higher rate of survival without additional treatment.
- Call your dentist right away – This is an EMERGENCY
- Handle by the crown of the tooth
- If dirty, gently rinse for 10 seconds under cold water
- Attempt replanting the tooth and hold for 5 minutes if successful
If you don’t feel comfortable putting the tooth back into the socket, the child is unconscious or refuses to let you, then have the child hold the tooth in their lip or cheek until you reach your nearest dentist or emergency room.
If the child is unable or unwilling to keep the tooth in their mouth, then the next best thing is to use Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution or “Save-A-Tooth.” Now I know you are asking “Where do I get that?” Don’t worry; check out a recent product review I have written by clicking here.
Can Milk be Used for a Knocked Out Tooth?
You guessed it! Cold WHOLE milk is the next best option for transport of the tooth.
What NOT to do for a Knocked Out Tooth?
Here is a list of things to never do with a knocked out tooth:
- Soak the tooth in water
- Scrub debris off the tooth
- Let the tooth dry out
- Excessive handling by the root of the tooth
Important Note: Do not ever replant a baby tooth back into the socket! This could cause severe damage to the permanent tooth bud that is positioned at the base of the socket.
An excellent way to prevent dental trauma is by using an ArmourBite® Mouthguard!
I hope this has either prepared or guided you in addressing this unfortunate event. Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or question below, and I look forward to hearing from you!