Tooth loss due to trauma is one of very few situations which should be considered a dental emergency. The aim is to replace the tooth back into the socket.
If you cannot do this, place the tooth into a glass of milk, if milk is not available, use water, and contact an emergency dentist as soon as possible.
Attempt to replace the tooth
- Stay calm.
- Before picking up the tooth, try to determine which part of the tooth is the crown (part above the gum, usually a lighter shade with a flat edge) and which part is the root (yellower colour with a pointed conical shape).
- Try to pick up the tooth by holding the crown instead of the root.
- The tooth surface will be contaminated. Place the tooth into a glass of milk (or water if milk is unavailable). Gently agitate to remove debris from the tooth surface.
Now take a couple of minutes to consider how you should proceed. At this point you should try and get hold of a dentist as they will be the best person to replace the tooth into the socket.If you cannot access a dentist, you can attempt to re-implant the tooth into the socket yourself. You will need the child to be very cooperative.
- Gently, but firmly push the root back into the socket.