Primary teeth, or baby teeth, eventually fall out on their own. To stop any bleeding, place a folded piece of gauze to the area and have your child bite down to hold it in place for 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, call our office immediately.
Small fractures to baby teeth are also very common, especially when your child is learning how to walk. If a baby tooth gets knocked out, call our office to discuss your child’s specific situation. We may need to take an x-ray to ensure the entire tooth has come out or make impressions to create a spacer that holds a place for the permanent tooth to come in.
In the meantime, follow these guidelines:
- Never try to reinsert the tooth, as this can damage permanent tooth buds.
- Check if your child has any other injuries. If a lip is bleeding or bruised, clean the wound and apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling.
- Have the child’s physician perform a head/neck exam if you are unsure of a head or neck injury.