A common accident among children whether it happens during their sports games, recess, or playing tag at home, a knocked out tooth should be seen by our Brampton Dentist and dental professionals right away.
If your child is 5 years old or less and has knocked out their front tooth, it is most likely a baby tooth so you do not necessarily have to worry about replanting the tooth.
However, if your child is over the age of 5 and has knocked out their front tooth, you must assess whether it is their adult tooth or their baby tooth. You can determine this by assessing the size of the adjacent or opposing teeth for comparison. Also, if the root of the tooth is very long, it is likely an adult tooth in which case you should replant the adult tooth right away.
The faster a tooth can be replanted, the greater the chance of keeping the tooth, however:
- Do not replant a dirty tooth,
- Partially replanting the tooth is better than not, until a professional is seen.
It is important to keep the tooth moist if it cannot be replanted right away. Fact is, more than fifteen minutes of exposure to air can significantly reduce the success of replantation.
Have questions about this topic? Feel free to contact our office today and our Brampton Dental providers will be more than willing to provide you with more information.