Losing a tooth is something everyone goes through; it’s often even considered a rite of passage (for both parent and child). Losing a tooth by having it knocked out, however, is a little less common, and it’s important to know what to do if it should happen to your child.
Yes, it’s completely natural to lose a baby tooth as a result of growing up, but having a tooth knocked out or loosened due to an oral injury can present problems. For example, if a baby tooth is forced down into the gums, it can cause damage to the permanent tooth sitting underneath. If, on the other hand, it’s knocked out before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt, it can affect how and when the permanent tooth comes in. It can also affect the bite as the remaining teeth could move into the empty space. A space maintainer is often recommended for that situation.
This can be slightly scary for some children, so first, calm them down, if necessary. Then, contact your dentist in Highland Village, TX to schedule an appointment. A dental x-ray may be taken as a precautionary measure to see if a nerve or permanent tooth lying underneath has been damaged. Until you are able to visit your dentist, keep your child on a soft diet to minimize discomfort.
This situation can be slightly more serious. Because no replacement can be counted on to come in, it is important to recover the lost tooth, if possible. Handle it only by the crown, never the root. Gently rinse off any debris and keep the tooth stored in a container of water, saliva, or milk. Your dentist at Campbell and Williams Family Dental may be able to save the tooth and put it back into place. If not, dental restorations such as a bridge will be considered.
As with most dental emergencies, the answer is: as soon as possible. Even if the tooth can’t be saved, your dentist will be able to make a recommendation on what to do to best benefit your child’s oral health.
At Campbell and Williams Family Dental, we are experienced in treating both adults and children in Highland Village, TX and we will do everything we can to save your child’s teeth.