Childhood Dental Trauma

Almost half of all children will incur a dental trauma before they reach adolescence. If your child has an accident resulting in injury to a tooth, follow these emergency steps, then contact your child's dentist at once.


  1. 1. Chipped tooth: If more than one-third of the tooth is chipped, bring the broken portion to the dentist if it is easily retrieved.
  2. 2. Severely displaced tooth: Re-position the tooth in its original position as soon as possible.
  3. 3. Permanent Tooth knocked out of the mouth: If the tooth is dirty, rinse it in milk (or water if no milk is available). Do not hold the tooth by the root, hold the tooth by the crown. Do not scrub the tooth. Then re-implant the tooth immediately. If necessary, hold the tooth in place until the patient is transported to the dentist. If re-implantation is not possible, bring the tooth to the dentist in small amount of milk. Time is of the essence, the faster the problems are addressed, the better the results are likely to be.