Children’s baby teeth falling out and being visited by the ‘tooth fairy’ is a time-worn rite of passage in our culture. But what happens when your child unexpectedly loses a tooth that has already replaced the baby tooth? Don’t let panic get the best of you.
There are things you can do to remedy the situation, and keeping a dental emergency kit on hand is one of them. In it you may want to keep an ADA approved tooth preserver product designed to transport a lost tooth for re-implantation. If you don’t have something like this in your emergency kit, there are other things you can do.
The best option for preserving a lost tooth is to place it back in the socket while you are on your way to the dental office. If getting to the office is not an option, go to the emergency room where your child can get some help.
While transporting the tooth, keep it safely in the socket between the gum and teeth, or place it in a tooth preserving container.
You can also place the tooth in milk, which is good for the tooth and exposed tooth root.
Another option is placing the tooth in some salt water, which can kill germs.
And finally, you can transport the tooth in a saliva moistened sterile piece of gauze and carry it in a plastic bag. Saliva is perhaps your tooth’s best friend. It protects against bacteria and keeps the root from drying out.
Losing a tooth may be scary, but it can still have a happy ending. Please let us know if you have any questions about what to do in the event you or someone you love loses a tooth that is not on the tooth fairy’s list! 503.649.7011.