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If your child has swelling or prolonged pain, it usually means there is an infection. Contact our office promptly. We may start your child on a course of antibiotics immediately. Over the counter pain medication may be used. Do not under any circumstance put heat or aspirin on the sore area.
If Baby Tooth is Knocked Out
A knocked out baby tooth is rarely placed back in the mouth. It is important that your child be examined to determine the extent of the trauma and to make sure that no piece of the tooth is still imbedded in the gum.
If Permanent Tooth is Knocked Out
Find the tooth. Hold the tooth by the crown (top) not the bottom (root). Rinse it in water gently (do not scrub). If possible replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with a clean cloth or piece of gauze. If you cannot put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk or water. Come to our office immediately. Call the emergency number after hours. The faster we can initiate treatment, the better chance we have of saving the tooth.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
Contact our office promptly and the doctor on call will determine if your child needs to be seen immediately. Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water and if there is bleeding from the lip or gum area apply pressure. If you can find the broken tooth fragment bring it to the office with you.
If your child is involved in any contact sport, have them wear a mouth guard. Always use a car seat for young children and seat belts for all others. Childproof your home to prevent falls, electrical injuries and choking on small objects. Protect your child from unnecessary toothache with regular dental check-ups.