If an accident happens and your child has a tooth knocked out, it is important to act quickly. Knowing what to do in this type of an emergency can help save the tooth and reassure your child. It is possible that a knocked-out tooth can be replanted into the jaw.
When picking up the tooth, do not touch its root. Pick it up by the crown and try to replace it within the jaw. Pack your child’s mouth with sterile gauze to hold it in place. If there is no gauze handy, use a clean towel or tissue to hold the tooth in the mouth. If you cannot place the tooth into the socket, place it in a cup of milk. Water can be used if no milk is available. If you are able to get your child and the tooth to the dentist within an hour, there is a high chance that the tooth will survive.
Even if the tooth can’t be saved, there are several orthodontic options for permanent tooth loss. University Associates in Dentistry are leaders in placing dental implants . We serve the Chicago area with restorative and cosmetic dentistry, permanent denture replacement, and more. Call us at (312) 704-5511 to schedule an appointment.