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What to Do If Your Child Loses An Adult Tooth

Posted on 9/21/2020 by Classic Smiles
What to Do If Your Child Loses An Adult ToothWhere there are children, there is usually an activity, be it play or sports. Where there is activity, there are bound to be accidents, at times resulting in the loss of a permanent tooth. What steps can and should be taken if this happens to your child, or a child near you? It's important to keep calm, calm the child, and do everything you can to insure the tooth's vitality and the best turnout depending on the situation.

What to Do

Find the tooth and, if possible, reinsert it. Before you do, hold the tooth by the crown instead of the root, and rinse it gently with water or milk, taking care not to scrub or remove any tissue from it. If there is any bleeding, use sterile gauze to cover the socket, using the child's bite to secure it. If the tooth is not able to be placed back in the socket, store it in a container of milk or saline solution. Do not let the tooth become dry, as this can make reattachment less likely. Bring your child and the tooth, if unattached, in to see us as soon as possible.

Seeing a mishap violent enough to knock out your child's tooth can feel traumatic for both of you, and you should move quickly and decisively for the best chance of reattachment. Rest assured, though, that your child will be okay. Whether the tooth is able to be saved or not, there are excellent solutions to any issue created, from splinting the tooth in place for a few weeks, to an implant or a bridge for a permanently lost tooth. Soon, this scary incident will be a faded memory and be a story they can tell from their childhood someday!

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