Tooth Knocked Out–
If it’s an adult or permanent tooth, keep the tooth moist. Here are some ways to do that:
1. The best thing to do is put the tooth back in the socket. Do not rinse the tooth! (However, if there is heavy debris you may gently remove any dirt/debris with a quick rinse of water). This may not be very comfortable for the child, but getting the tooth immediately back in the socket provides the best long-term prognosis for that tooth.
2. Place the tooth in milk.
3. Keep the tooth in a Save-A-Tooth kit until you see Dr. Christy.
If it’s a baby tooth, do NOT try and re-implant the tooth. Re-implanting a baby tooth may damage the underlying developing permanent tooth. Here’s what to do until you see Dr. Christy:
1. Have the child bite on some sterile gauze or a washcloth to help stop the bleeding. The mouth tends to bleed a lot, so keeping pressure on the area is important. Always remember that a little bit of blood mixed with saliva will make things look a lot worse than it is. Bleeding should stop or significantly slow down within 5-10 minutes.
2. Give the child some over the counter pain medication, such as Children’s Motrin, as directed for your child’s weight.
Toothache or Pain
If a tooth is causing spontaneous or waking pain, you should call the office immediately for an emergency appointment. Children’s Motrin or Ibuprofen is typically the best medicine for a toothache. However, attempting to reduce pain by medication should be a very temporary fix. Dr. Christy will need to complete a limited exam to determine the appropriate treatment to solve the problem.