When your little one is gleeful about the new gap in their grin and excitedly awaiting a visit from the Tooth Fairy, it doesn’t get much cuter than that. But what if your child knocked out a tooth unexpectedly? While this can be scary for your youngster in the moment, it can be stressful for you too. Like anything that happens without being anticipated, it’s always better to have a plan. Keep reading to find out from a pediatric dentist in Scottsdale what you should do immediately after the tooth loss as well as learn how your child’s emergency dentist can restore their smile to a pain-free state.
What Are Actions to Take ASAP When a Child’s Tooth Is Knocked Out?
It can be a traumatic time for your child, so try to be comforting and empathetic. You’ll want to find the tooth since there is a good chance it can be reimplanted within 60 minutes of the accident. When you locate the tooth, be sure to:
- Hold the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the roots.
- If the tooth is dirty, briefly clean it in a bowl of lukewarm tap water. It’s vital for reattachment to keep the root’s surface cells alive.
- Attempt to insert the tooth back into the socket. If it doesn’t slide in easily, don’t force it. Instead, have your child bite down on a paper towel or gauze until they arrive at the emergency dentist’s office.
- If their tooth won’t insert into the socket, store it in their cheek, a small container of saliva, or a glass of cold milk.
- Get to their dentist’s office as soon as possible. If the office is closed, then go to your local emergency room.
What Can an Emergency Dentist Do for a Child’s Dislodged Tooth?
If a permanent tooth has been cleanly knocked out, there’s a good chance your child’s dentist can reattach it. This process, which uses a thin metal or plastic wire, is actually a simple one. A knocked-out baby tooth, however, will most likely require a space maintainer. This metal appliance is inserted in the lost tooth location to help keep that area open so the permanent tooth underneath it can adequately emerge.
When the tooth cannot be reattached, usually the dentist will recommend a dental bridge. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial ones by “bridging the gap” where the tooth used to be. There are removable bridges that can be detached and cleaned or fixed bridges that can only be removed by your child’s dentist.
You want to protect them, but sometimes accidents happen. If your child knocked out a tooth, comfort them and try to have the tooth reattached as soon as possible with help from a pediatric dentist in Scottsdale.
About the Author
Dr. Veronica Martinez earned her dental doctorate from Marquette University. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and maintains an Arizona state sedation license. A board-certified pediatric dentist, she will be ready if your child ever faces a dental emergency. Schedule an appointment on her website, but if it’s an emergency, call (480) 282-6746.