If something happens to any of a child’s baby teeth, you should call our office immediately. If the tooth is completely knocked out, do not try to put it back into the tooth socket. Although it is normal for children to lose baby teeth, an accident that damages a baby tooth could also harm the adult tooth underneath.
To preserve the tooth, it must be kept moist. If dirty, gently rinse with warm water but leave any tissue fragments in place. Then, if at all possible, try to insert the tooth back into the socket very carefully.
If you are unable to do this, preserve the tooth by placing it in a Tooth Preservation Kit (Coaches at sporting events sometimes have these available), or place the tooth in the mouth next to the cheek, or place in milk or water with a bit of salt. After preserving the tooth, transport your child to our dental office as soon as possible, within 15-20 minutes is ideal. Good preservation of the tooth will keep it viable for up to an hour or more. If you have access to the Tooth Preservation Kit, the tooth will be viable for up to 24 hours.
First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. We recommend the use of anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) to manage pain and discomfort until you can be seen at our office. Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated. Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, see us as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that usually is painful.