Closeup of a glass of milk to keep a knocked-out permanent tooth moist

How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

June 21, 2021 6:58 pm
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While we don’t wish for your child to experience getting a permanent tooth knocked out, you should know what to do to increase the chances of saving your child’s tooth!

Stay Calm & Act Quickly

Don’t panic but do remember that time is of the essence when it comes to preserving your child’s lost tooth. When handling your child’s tooth, avoid touching the root portion. Pick up the tooth by the crown (the chewing part that’s visible when your child smiles), gently rinse without rubbing it, and keep it moist in some milk. Then, safely get to Safari Children’s Dentistry & Braces for emergency dental care as soon as possible. Call us to let us know you are on your way!

What to Do with a Knocked-Out Baby Tooth

You may think that if a baby tooth gets knocked out that you don’t need to worry about it. After all, it was going to fall out eventually anyways, right? We still recommend checking in with our team. We’ll evaluate the condition of their other teeth and check that no additional damage has been done that might compromise their oral health.

Baby teeth work as placeholders that help guide permanent teeth into their proper positions. Some children need a space maintainer after losing a baby tooth to prevent shifting of their other teeth. Losing a baby tooth prematurely can also affect your child’s speech development and nutrition.

If you child has a loose baby tooth, don’t pull it out. Instead, encourage your child to gently wiggle it with a clean finger or tissue until it falls out when it’s ready.

Pediatric Emergency Dentist in San Antonio, TX

Don’t wait to get professional help if your child has a knocked-out tooth. Call us immediately at Safari Children’s Dentistry & Braces so we can help them get back to a healthy, happy smile. Our team is here for all of your child’s oral healthcare needs!

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