When it comes to kids, accidents happen. Even dental accidents.
Parents don’t like to see their children in pain. When it comes to dental emergencies, preparation is crucial. Familiarize yourself with common dental injuries and know what to do in each scenario.
Learn what to do if your child…
“Loosens” a tooth (Tooth Displacement)
Primary teeth heal on their own or fall out naturally. But a dentist needs to see any altered or displaced permanent teeth, as they may have to be realigned and to check for any underlying jaw trauma.
Breaks a piece of tooth (Crown/Root Fracture)
Broken teeth may not hurt, but they can cause injury to the mouth and tongue and are susceptible to cavities. Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Knocks out a tooth (Dental Avulsion)
Find the tooth, but don’t touch the tooth’s roots. Make sure to keep the tooth moist. Place it in milk or use a tooth preservation product and see your dentist as soon as possible. This will increase the likelihood your dentist can re-implant it.
For baby teeth: Although baby teeth are meant to fall out, call your dentist anyway. They may not implant the tooth again, but they need to see that the entire tooth fell out and that the injury isn’t infected.