Teeth trauma is relatively common in children, primarily due to accidents and sports injuries. Broken front teeth and trauma to the teeth and jaw needs immediate attention.
What do I do if a Baby Tooth is Knocked?
Unfortunately little kids’ teeth can be easily bumped and traumatised in a childhood accident. This is especially common if your child is learning how to walk or if they are playing. If your little one damages their teeth in a fall or accident, get it checked by a dentist. They will check the tooth and the soft tissues around the tooth.
What do I do if a Baby Tooth is Knocked Out?
If a baby tooth is completely knocked out in an accident do not put it back in. Putting it back in will damage the developing adult tooth.
What do I do if an Adult Tooth is Knocked Out?
If an adult tooth has been completely knocked out, find it immediately. Only hold it by the crown (don’t touch the roots). Put the tooth back straight away if it is clean. If it is dirty, wash quickly under milk or saline (if available) than replant the tooth in the mouth. Bite on a clean handkerchief or cloth and see a dentist immediately.
If you cannot replant the tooth, store it in milk or saline. DO NOT use water because it will permanently damage the tooth. The quicker a tooth is put back in, the better the chance the tooth will survive.
What can I do about my child’s toothache?
There are different causes for toothache, some of which can be very serious. Tooth pain may be caused by an infection, resulting from tooth decay, a cracked or broken tooth or periodontal disease. The infection is caused when bacteria enters the tooth’s soft tissue (pulp). The abscess needs to be treated before it results in serious infection in the teeth, jaw bone or other tissues.
What should I do in a Dental Emergency?
In the case of a dental emergency, try calling your regular dentist first to explain the situation. Often they can explain the steps over the phone on how to best handle the situation.
Some of the My Kids Dentist practices are open six days a week. The opening hours for My Kids Dentist practices are on our website which may be helpful to locate a child-friendly dentist near you.