Tooth injuries
Tooth injuries are very common.
When a so-called baby tooth is lost, it cannot be replaced. However, a permanent tooth can be saved if immediate action is taken and the tooth is handled correctly. There is delicate tissue which covers the root of the tooth, the periodontal ligament, which must be protected for implantation to be successful.

What to do:

If a baby or toddler injures the gums or teeth:
  • Put cold water on a piece of gauze and apply pressure to the site if there is bleeding.
  • Offer him ice or an ice lolly to suck which will help to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Over the following week watch for signs of infection such as swollen or tender gums around the injury site.
  • If you are concerned about anything then make an emergency appointment to see your child’s dentist.

If a permanent tooth is chipped or broken:
  • Collect all the pieces of the tooth.
  • Rinse the mouth with warm water.
  • Give the child a cold compress to hold over the injured tooth.
  • See your dentist as soon as possible.

If a permanent tooth is knocked out:
  • Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root.
  • Rinse the tooth immediately with salt water or milk. Tap water should not be used since it contains chlorine which may damage the root.
  • Try to get your child to gently replace the tooth in its socket and hold it there on the way to the dentist. Use a gauze pad to keep the tooth in place.
  • If the tooth cannot be reinserted then put it in milk.
  • Ask the child to bite down on a gauze pad or handkerchief. This will reduce bleeding and swelling and ease pain.
  • Try to see your dentist immediately.

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