February is National Children’s Dental Health Month so we are talking about ‘knocked out teeth’ with some expertise from our partners at Dentistry for Children & Adolescents. Dentistry for Children & Adolescents has been committed to providing children with the highest standard of pediatric dental care in and around the Edina, Burnsville, and Eden Prairie, Minnesota, areas, since 1968! The professionally trained pediatric dentists and their team do all they can to make your children’s dental experience as pleasant as possible. They see patients from infancy through the age of 18 and are specialized in treating children with special needs – making them the perfect ‘dental home’ for your children!
**This post is sponsored by Dentistry for Children & Adolescents
When Teeth Get Knocked Out…
In the unfortunate event of a dental emergency such as getting teeth knocked out, immediate action is crucial to preserving your oral health. Whether due to a sports injury, accident, or other mishap, it’s essential to contact your dentist promptly.
In the interim, gently rinse the dislodged tooth with milk or a saline solution, and attempt to place it back into the socket if possible. Time is of the essence, so seek professional dental care without delay to increase the chances of successful re-implantation and minimize the potential long-term consequences on your smile. Remember, a quick response and professional intervention can make all the difference in saving your precious smile.
Here are a few things to note about the differences between Baby Teeth and Adult Teeth when it comes to getting a tooth knocked out:
Baby Tooth (Primary)
- It is normal for children to lose baby teeth, but an accident that damages a primary tooth could also harm the permanent tooth underneath it.
- If a tooth is completely out, do NOT try to put it back into the tooth socket.
- Call your dentist. Bring your child and the tooth and/or any piece of the tooth with you to the dentist.
Adult Tooth (Permanent)
- Unlike a baby tooth that is knocked out, an adult tooth should be put back into its socket (if possible).
- Find the tooth and gently rinse it. Hold the tooth by the top (crown), not the root.
- If you can, place the permanent tooth back in its socket and hold it in place by biting on a clean gauze or towel.
- If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place it in a cup containing milk or contact lens solution and call the dentist immediately.
- Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth!