The most common dental injury is a tooth being knocked out or broken.
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, do not clean it. The root contains valuable cells that are essential for successful re-implantation. Place the tooth back in the socket immediately or place the tooth in a container of milk or cool water and contact us at once. In some cases, the tooth can be re-implanted successfully, but after 30 minutes the chances are slim.
If a permanent or baby tooth is loosened or broken, call us to determine if immediate treatment is needed. In most cases, an appointment should be scheduled within the next few days for an x-ray observation. There may be damage that is not obvious to you and can become more serious without attention.
If your child has an injury possibly requiring stitches or posing concerns about a concussion or other serious damage, do seek medical treatment right away. The attending physician can call us regarding associated dental concerns. Most emergency rooms are not equipped to handle strictly dental issues, so we make ourselves available to help them to help your child.
Do not hesitate to text the cell numbers provided on our voicemail when you have a concern about your child’s teeth. We can almost always text back right away to address your concerns and talk you through any urgent matters. Sending photos of the teeth can help us to determine if treatment is needed.