The need for dental treatment other than for cavities in the under fives is rare. An injury to a tooth that damages the nerve can cause it to “die” even if it isn’t dislodged. In this case the tooth will become discolored but no other ill effects will follow and it can be safely left in place until it is replaced by the adult tooth.
If a tooth is chipped, you should seek the advice of your dentist. If a baby tooth is knocked out altogether, you will need immediate dental advice; take your child to the nearest emergency room, brushing the tooth with you in a container of milk. In some cases the tooth can be replaced in the jaw, depending on the child’s age and the position of the tooth.
Visiting the dentist Always stay with your child during any dental treatment, or even a checkup; the reassurance of your presence is vital.