If a baby tooth is knocked out or broken, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises to apply clean gauze to control bleeding and to call the child’s dentist. Baby teeth do not need to be re-implanted.
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, emergency care is necessary, as there is a chance of saving a dislodged permanent tooth if action is taken quickly. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, locate the tooth and pick it up, being careful not to handle the tooth by the root. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that if it is dirty, it should be washed under cold running water for 10 seconds and repositioned into the tooth socket at the site of injury. The child should be encouraged to bite on a cloth to hold the tooth in position. If this is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of cold milk or a balanced salt solution. If these liquids aren’t available, the child can drool into a cup and the tooth can be put into his saliva. Immediate dental care is needed.
If a child chips a permanent tooth, put the pieces in a cup of milk and call the child’s dentist right away. If there is bleeding, give the child a piece of gauze to bite down on to stop the bleeding.