What to do if your child's tooth is knocked out
Remember: an avulsed (knocked-out) tooth is a dental emergency. When a permanent tooth gets knocked out of a child’s mouth, the sooner you replace it in the socket the better the prognosis. If the tooth is left out of the mouth (dry) there is a high risk that the body will reject it. Quickly putting the tooth back into its socket is the key to preserving it.
Children's dental specialists have compiled this list of tips to help you preserve your child’s knocked out tooth:
- Find the knocked-out tooth and pick it up by the crown, not by the root. If possible, rinse with milk.
- Insert the tooth back in your child’s mouth and go to your dentist.
- If you are unable to get the tooth back in your child’s mouth place the tooth in milk and get to your dentist so it can be replanted within 15-30 minutes of being avulsed.