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Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry

What if my child knocks out a baby tooth?

It’s a terrible feeling when your child knocks out a tooth, but a baby tooth isn’t as severe as a knocked-out permanent tooth. Don’t try to place the baby tooth back in the socket, as this could damage the permanent tooth in the gums. 

Emergency Dental Care for Your Child

Call Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry as soon as possible, and we’ll work you into our schedule so we can perform an exam and take x-rays. Be sure to bring the baby tooth with you. Our pediatric dentists will look for damage to surrounding baby teeth and unerupted permanent teeth. However, in most cases, treatment is not necessary.

The main concern with a knocked-out baby tooth is that neighboring teeth can start to drift into the space and prevent the permanent tooth from erupting correctly. To avoid this, Dr. Michelle or Dr. Yelena may recommend a spacer to close the gap and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting. You can control any bleeding by applying gauze and holding it in place with light pressure.

Children’s Emergency Dentistry in Staten Island

At Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry, we understand how scary a dental emergency can be, especially when it’s your child. Call our dental office right away, and we will see your little as soon as possible. 

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