If a tooth is knocked out, the most important thing to do is keep the tooth healthy so a dentist can put it back in the mouth. Dr. Darren Smolkin, dentist with Mid Wilshire Dentistry, in Los Angeles, California, says that best thing to do is put the tooth in a bag or in a cup of milk and head over to the dentist within 2-3 hours, to insure the best changes of success in putting the tooth back into the mouth.
A chipped tooth that has turned black after the trauma are signs that the nerves has started to die and the discoloration is from the dead nerve inside. Dr. Smolkin says it's more than likely that a root canal will need to be performed and once inside the tooth, it can be bleached to get rid of the discoloration.
For children playing sports, there are different mouth guards available but Dr. Smolkin recommends a custom-made mouth guard, which is made to fit the teeth perfectly so you have a much better chance of protecting the teeth should trauma occur. The small extra cost of a custom-made mouth guard compared to one available in a store will be highly beneficial in reducing and preventing the risk of damage to your child's permanent teeth, he says.
Dr. Darren Smolkin is an endodontist with Mid Wilshire Dental Care in Los Angeles, California and is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.