Durham Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
Here are a few of the most common pediatric dental accidents and the steps you should take to manage them:
Find the tooth! Handle the tooth by the top or crown and not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or scrub the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert the tooth in its socket. Have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot replace the tooth, place the tooth in a glass of milk, or some contact lens solution, or wrap it in a clean, wet cloth and call our office immediately. If the tooth is broken, bring any pieces you can find.
As a rule, baby teeth are not replaced in the socket. Even so, please contact our office so that we can figure out the next best step for your child.