At the time of this publication, the governor Kate Brown, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has issued an executive order that limits all dental treatment in Oregon to emergencies only. This mandate is currently through June 15th. If your child is experiencing any pain or swelling or loses a tooth traumatically, please reach out to your pediatric dentist for guidance. We are always on call to listen to your concerns and see your children if it is needed.
What do you do if your child loses his/her tooth?
This can be very troubling to not only the child but the parent as well. The most important thing you can do is remain calm. Unfortunately, pediatric dentists do not re-implant baby teeth for numerous reasons, primarily their tendency to abscess and cause facial swelling. They may also damage the permanent tooth if put back into the socket.
Permanent teeth are different. If a child loses a permanent tooth try to reinsert if into the socket as quickly as you can. If that is not possible, put the tooth into a glass of milk and take the child immediately to the pediatric dentist. Time is of utmost importance. The sooner it is re-implanted and splinted, the higher the success of saving the tooth.