What To Do If A Child Knocks A Tooth Out On Accident

Here at Rigby Advanced Dental in Bee Cave, TX we believe in being prepared for any dental emergency whether it is in our dental office or out.  One of the most common dental emergencies we see for children is an loose or knocked out tooth.  Here are a few pointers to help you in the important triaging and handling of the situation.

When your child has a dental emergency, it can be quite stressful – not only for your child, but also for you.  Some dental emergencies, such as a tooth knocked out, can produce quite a bit of blood, which can quickly send you into panic mode. Being prepared for the unexpected is your best defense. Knowing how to handle your child’s dental emergency will make the ordeal less stressful for both of you.

The first thing to do is stay calm. Your child will only become more frightened if you panic. Keep your cool and contact Dr. Rigby or your child’s dentist asap. Provide the dentist with needed information, including how the injury happened and how much pain is involved.  Other good information to know is, how long the tooth been out and what you have done to help remedy the situation. Often the longer the time the tooth has been out of the mouth the poorer the prognosis for being able to re-implant the tooth. Don’t waste valuable time, contact us immediately for further direction. Dr. Rigby or your dentist will determine if you need to come for immediate treatment or if you can come in later.

If a tooth has been knocked out, hold it by the crown and wash it off (best results are with hank’s solution, saline or milk when washing). Attempt to place it back in the mouth and hold it in place until you reach the dentist’s office. If you cannot put it in the mouth, place it in a container with a safe solution, such as milk or saline and seek immediate care. If saline or milk is available please use this to wash the tooth prior to putting it back into the mouth, regular water can desiccate the viable cells on the tooth’s surface and decrease the overall prognosis……but if it is the best you’ve got go for it. If you arrive at the office and the tooth has not been placed back in the mouth Dr. Rigby will determine if the tooth can be put back into the socket.

If a tooth has been knocked out of place, use a cold pack to reduce swelling. Try to coax the tooth back into place. Hold it in place and seek treatment. Dr. Rigby will place a type of splint on the dislocated tooth to hold it in place while it heals. The splint is made out of a type of cement and after about ten days, it will be removed.

If a tooth has been broken, use a cold pack to minimize pain and swelling. Dr. Rigby will determine if the tooth can be repaired. Sharp edges will be removed and a composite material may be used to rebuild the broken tooth. If you are ever in doubt of what to do if your child has a dental emergency, contact Rigby Advanced Dental or your dentist for advice.

One of the things we recommend having on hand in the first aid kit is Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution (Save A Tooth Solution) which can be purchased for a reasonable fee thru a local drug store or over the internet like the above link. You never know when it may come in handy!

We enjoy being able to provide the best dental care possible to the people of Bee Cave, Lakeway and other surrounding Lake Travis, TX areas! If you are looking for a dentist to treat your whole family and provide the best care possible please come and visit our office located in The Offices at the Hill Country Galleria. Our unique location offers something for everyone in the family to enjoy, just steps from our door. If you have any questions, feel free to call and schedule and appointment today (512) 992-2822.  Rigby Advanced Dental is here to take care of all your dental needs.


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