My Child’s Tooth Fell Out with the Root Still In

What do you do if your tooth fell out and the root is still intact? Depending on how long your tooth has been out of the socket and how well you take care of the extracted tooth could mean saving it and putting it successfully back into place.

Here is a guide on what to do if a primary or adult tooth falls out, as well as affordable solutions to save your smile.

What Should I Do If My Child’s Primary Teeth Fall Out?

By the time your child is around seven years old, they may start to lose some of their primary teeth. When a child’s primary tooth or “baby tooth” falls out, you may not want to put it back in.

If the child’s tooth is close to falling out naturally, then placing the baby tooth back in could result in damaging the emerging permanent tooth. The permanent tooth will grow onto the root where the baby tooth once stood.

If your child is under three years old, it may be better to save and re-implant the tooth so a dentist can develop regular eating and speech habits.

Schedule a no-cost consultation at a Kool Smiles near you to find out if your toddler’s tooth should be placed back.

What Should I Do If My Child’s Permanent Teeth Fall Out?

When an adult permanent tooth falls out, the first rule is “Don’t panic.” Accidents happen, and if the root is still attached, your child’s tooth can be put back into place.

Follow these steps to ensure your tooth can be saved and put back in:

  1. Call your family dentist and let them know what happened. Many dental practices like Kool Smiles have emergency services and weekend hours to accommodate working families.
  2. Pick up your tooth by the crown, or part that was visible when it was inside your mouth.
  3. Rinse off your tooth with tap water or a saline solution. Do not scrub your tooth – you may damage important parts of the tooth that help it to reattach healthily to your gums.
  4. If the tooth can be placed back in the cavity, do so and hold it in place. If not, then keep it in a moist salt solution or milk.

With Kool Smiles, the procedure is quick and affordable. You’ll not only save your tooth, but your wallet as well.

Tooth Repair and Replacement with Kool Smiles

Your family is in good hands with Kool Smiles. At your local Kool Smiles dentistry, our connected network of dentists, orthodontists, pediatricians, and dental care specialists are waiting to help you and your child. If your child loses a tooth, you are invited to come into the procedure area to watch and comfort your child.

Kool Smiles has more than 120 locations nationwide that accept most major insurance providers, as well as State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), CareCredit, TRICARE, Medicaid and more to make sure you get quality and affordable care.

Call us today to schedule an appointment for your child.  



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