FAQs Get Answers to Common Dentistry Questions Lost Tooth What should I do if my child's baby (primary) tooth is knocked out? Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. What should I do if my child's permanent tooth is knocked out? Contact your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. If possible, find the tooth, gently rinse it with cool water and a clean paper towel, and be sure to NOT wash it with warm soapy water. If possible, place the tooth back in the socket and hold it in place with a clean paper towel or gauze. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk, saliva, or water. Chipped Tooth What if a tooth is chipped or fractured? Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. To prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment, act quickly. Be sure to wash your child's mouth out with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If at all possible, bring the tooth fragment with you to your appointment. Jaw Injuries What about a severe blow to the head or a jaw fracture? Immediately go to the emergency room. Toothache What if my child has a toothache? Be sure to contact your dentist and schedule an examination as soon as possible. Be sure to take notes on when the pain occurs, the intensity of pain, and what causes the pain (heat, cold, sweets).