• How to save a broken tooth or a knocked out tooth
Kids Dental Emergencies
Tooth injuries are very common in babies and young children.
Parents must be prepared for these dental emergencies. In many cases a broken or even a knocked out tooth can be saved with proper handling and immediate dental care.
How to save a knocked out permanent (adult) tooth
If one of the permanent teeth is knocked out, it is possible to be saved if you:
- Find the tooth.
- Hold it by the crown (upper part) and not by the root.
- Rinse it gently in cool water for a few seconds (if it is dirty) but do NOT scrub it.
- If possible put it back in its socket (do NOT use force). In other case wrap it in a moist cloth or put it in milk or cool water
- Visit a pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
If the tooth is placed soon back in its socket, there is an increased chance of saving it.
First aid for a knocked out primary (baby) tooth
Knocked out primary teeth should not be put back in their socket because this can cause damage to the permanent teeth already growing underneath them.
- Don't put the tooth back in its socket.
- Visit a pediatric dentist. The dentist will advice you if further treatment is required. The dentists, in some cases, use space maintainers to keep the empty space left by the lost tooth available for the upcoming permanent tooth.
First aid for fractured / broken tooth
- Find the broken tooth fragment
- Rinse your mouth with warm water. Use a cold compress to avoid swelling.
- Visit a pediatric dentist. The dentist can restore the broken tooth even if you don't find the broken part.
A dental mouth guard can protect your child's teeth from most of the mouth and teeth injuries. Mouth guards are flexible appliances made out of plastic that cover the upper teeth and gums to protect teeth and mouth's soft tissues from injury.