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Tooth knocked out before its time?

Here’s what to do.

With summer in all its glory, more and more time is spent outside in beautiful weather. Playgrounds, skateparks and swimming pools are super fun but they also present opportunities for various accidents, including facial trauma.

So, what should you do if your child experiences facial trauma and loses a tooth? This can be very troubling to not only the child but the parent as well. The most important thing you can do is remain calm. Pediatric dentists do not re-implant baby teeth for numerous reasons, primarily because they tend to abscess and cause facial swelling. They may also damage the permanent tooth if put back into the socket.

Permanent teeth are different. If a child loses a permanent tooth, try to reinsert it into the socket as quickly as you can. If that is not possible, put the tooth into a glass of milk (if not available, use the child’s own saliva by having them spit into a cup), and take the child immediately to a pediatric dentist. Time is of utmost importance. The sooner it is re-implanted and splinted, the higher the success of saving the tooth.


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Dr. Erin Estep is a board-certified pediatric dentist who owns Treehouse Kids Dentist in Springfield. She and her staff are committed to making sure your child has an amazing, safe, memorable dental experience.


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