What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?
We know that this can be a scary situation for both parents and kids! The most important thing to do right now is to remain calm. This is a problem that can be solved.
Find the tooth, if you can. Make sure that you are holding it by the crown (the visible portion of the tooth) and not the root. Gently rinse it off, without disturbing any attached tissue, and try to reinsert it. One side of the tooth is flatter and wider than the other. This is the side that faces the lip and not the tongue. If it's not possible to reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a container of milk.
Bring your child (and the container with the tooth) to our office right away. The sooner we can see your child, the greater the chance we have of saving the tooth.
If your child knocks out a primary (baby) tooth, don't attempt to reinsert the tooth. Call our office. We'll ask you the questions necessary to schedule an appropriate appointment for your child. Sometimes, if a tooth is lost too early, we may need to consider spacers to hold the space open for the developing permanent tooth and prevent the other teeth from drifting into the space. Other times, we can simply let nature take its course! An evaluation will help us determine the best approach for your child.