TKO: Tooth Knock Out (And What to Do When It Happens)
One of the least pretty incidents to occur within the mouth is the misfortune of having a tooth knocked out. For many parents, seeing their child lose a tooth due to some kind of force is at the top of the list of things they’d rather never have to experience. Having a tooth knocked out is something of a dental emergency, requiring immediate medical attention if at all possible. In the extremely unfortunate event that you and your child ever find yourselves in a situation like this, follow the following guide in order to ease the process and get your child the care they need.
1. Call your dentist immediately 2. Remember to keep the lost tooth moist at all times 3. If you can, try to put the tooth back into its socket without touching the root 4. If the tooth will not stay up within the socket, gently place it between your child’s gum and cheek 5. If all else fails, drop the tooth into a glass of milk
It will likely be necessary to reduce swelling on your child’s face after the incident. To do this, apply a cold compress to the area. If done correctly (with evenly applied pressure), this should also aid in the stoppage of any bleeding. If you are able to get your child to the dentist in a short period of time, it is more likely that your dental care provider will be able to reattach the tooth. In order to reduce the chances of your child having a tooth knocked out, take care to ensure that your child makes use of mouth guards when playing contact sports. At the end of the day, a knocked out tooth isn’t the end of the world – but it definitely can be scary! Be safe out there, and don’t forget that mouth guard.
About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. The pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults, including being an Invisalign preferred provider. The ability to treat all special needs patients reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy. Valued hospital affiliations allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children's Hospital when needed.
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