Chipped or Broken Tooth
If possible, gather the pieces of the tooth and bring them to the office with you. To minimize exposure to a sensitive tooth, you can temporarily cover it with sugar-free gum, wax, or over-the-counter products made for this purpose. Call us.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
When it happens, it feels like a terrible awful. A baby tooth--usually the front one, gets knocked out. It happens. Most likely, your child's permanent teeth will probably come in just fine.
Find the missing tooth but do not try to put a baby tooth back into place. Unlike permanent ones, baby teeth can't be reimplanted, but the dentist will want to see it. Rinse the affected area and the tooth to get rid of any debris. Store the tooth in milk, saliva, water, or an over-the-counter tooth-saving solution. Call us and bring the tooth with you.
In the office, our dentist will inspect the tooth and x-ray your child's mouth for missing fragments, which can cause adult teeth to come in crooked. If a baby molar gets knocked out, the dentist may put in spacers to guide in future teeth.
Loose Permanent Tooth
Rinse the affected area. If it is not too painful to do so, try to shift the tooth into its correct position. Try not to wiggle the tooth much and stick to eating soft liquid like foods. Call us.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, first find the missing tooth. Rinse the affected area and the tooth to get rid of any debris. If you can, replace the tooth in its normal position. If not, store the tooth in milk, saliva, water, or an over-the-counter tooth-saving solution. Call us as soon as possible and bring the tooth with you.