We recently had a dental emergency of a young girl hitting her mouth on another child while jumping on a trampoline. One question we get is how to handle dental emergencies.
While getting into the office is certainly a must, here are some steps you can follow: If the tooth has been knocked out it may be re-implanted into the site if it happens quickly. (This is the case for adult teeth).
If a child looses a baby tooth, we do not recommend to try and put it back in. If it is a lost adult tooth, place in milk and bring it with you (do not try and clean it off with water or soap.) One other good recommendation is to make sure you and your children are up to date on your vaccines, especially the tetanus.
Always make sure your children are wearing mouthgaurds when playing sports, it will help protect their teeth more than you realize. Be safe, and make sure you have a plan of action and an office you can count on if an emergency should come up. (Especially on the weekend, when many offices are closed-- that's when emergencies happen :)
Dr. Matt Kraner