A child’s tooth can be easily knocked out by a fall or a sports accident. While the incident can be frightening, the outlook for your child’s tooth is good if you act quickly. Here's what you should know if it happens to your child.
First, examine the child’s mouth to assess the injury. If it seems to be more serious than a knocked-out tooth, consider going to the hospital so a physician can examine the child’s face, mouth and gums. If the injury is limited to a knocked-out or loose tooth, call your dentist.
If a tooth is knocked loose, call your dentist for advice on how to proceed. He or she will likely advise your child to eat a soft diet for the next few days to allow the tooth to re-implant into the jawbone. Depending on the injury’s severity, your dentist may also suggest an x-ray. This is a precautionary measure used to determine whether a nerve or secondary tooth is damaged.
Not to worry. Losing one or more front baby teeth may give your child a temporary lisp, but no permanent effect on speech development or eating will result.
Call your dentist immediately for an emergency appointment. It’s critical to get your child and the tooth to the dentist within 30 minutes of the accident, as it may be possible to successfully re-implant the tooth.
Keeping the tooth in good condition and receiving care immediately make the odds of successful re-implantation much higher. Follow these steps before your emergency appointment:
Last updated February 3, 2022
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