Rinse with warm water to clean the area, give an analgesic like Motrin or Tylenol, and use a cold compress on the cheek or lips in the area of the injury to decrease swelling. If the tooth is also loose or displaced contact Dr. Dixon for advice. If the chip is small and your child is not uncomfortable still Call Dr. Dixon within 12-24 hours of the injury.
Avulsed (knocked-out) Tooth:
If your child avulses a baby tooth, it should not be re-implanted because the permanent tooth bud may be further injured. Find the tooth if possible and contact Dr. Dixon within 24 hour of the injury.
If your child has knocked-out a permanent tooth, time is of the essence. It is best for the tooth to be replaced within 30 minutes, so:
- Take a deep breath, stay calm, and find the tooth.
- Hold the tooth by the shiny enamel crown and rinse the root in water if it is dirty.
- DO NOT SCRUB IT OR REMOVE ANY OF THE TISSUE ATTACHED TO THE ROOT! This tissue is critical to healing and Dr. Dixon will be prescribing an antibiotic.
- If possible, insert the tooth back into the socket. Your child may be upset but it does not hurt to put the tooth back - it is exactly what Dr. Dixon would do if he was there.
- If you cannot re implant the tooth, place it in milk and bring it to the dentist or to the emergency room. If you can't find milk, use water.
Tongue or Lip Wounds:
Clean the area gently and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding can't be controlled, go to an urgent care clinic or a hospital emergency room.