What to do if your child's tooth is knocked out

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If your child has a dental emergency in London, the first thing to do is remain calm, then call Happy Kids Dental on 020 7078 0822 during opening hours (Monday-Friday 9-7, Saturdays 9-5). 

Unfortunately, outside of those working hours we are not able to accommodate dental emergencies so please contact your local A&E.

Tips for dealing with common dental emergencies

Knocked-out baby tooth

Don’t attempt to put it back in the socket, as this could risk damaging the permanent tooth underneath. Instead, try and stop the bleeding by applying gentle pressure with gauze or a muslin for around 10 minutes. Give your child paracetamol or ibuprofen for the pain, but never place aspirin or any other painkiller directly on the gums, as this can cause them to burn.

Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root end, and rinse it clean - don’t scrub. Do not remove any attached fragments of tissue. If you can, try and put the tooth back in its place, ensuring it is facing the right way, and bite down on a clean towel to keep the tooth secure. At least 85 percent of teeth that are put back in the tooth socket within five minutes survive, compared to very few teeth that are stored dry and reimplanted after an hour or longer. If you can’t put the tooth back, put it in a cup of milk. If you don’t have milk, salty water is also effective. You’ll be seen as soon as possible by the Happy Kids Dental team.

Take your child to the dentist as soon as possible, where the right course of action can be decided; this could include smoothing the tooth down, rebuilding it with a resin material, or removing it.

Usually these can be repaired successfully, either through reattaching the broken fragments or using a tooth-coloured resin material. Store any fragments in tap water and visit Happy Kids Dental as soon as possible.

If you can’t remove the object using dental floss, contact Happy Kids Dental immediately. Do not attempt to remove the object with anything sharp, like a pin, as you’ll risk hurting your child’s gums or damaging their tooth enamel.

If a brace wire has come loose, try using the rubber end of a pencil to push it into a more comfortable position. If this isn’t possible, try covering the wire with dental wax, a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze until you can get to Happy Kids Dental. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing or inhaling it.

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