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Chipped or Knocked-Out Tooth

Chipped or knocked-out tooth--In addition to the obvious dental damage, the area may be red.  Call your dentist right away, especially if it's a permanent tooth.  If you can't reach your dentist, go to an E.R.  A chipped tooth with an exposed nerve needs to be addressed quickly.  Put a knocked-out permanent tooth back in its socket ASAP if your child can hold it in place by biting a paper towel or clean washcloth. (Rinse the tooth gently if need be.)  Otherwise, keep it in a container with mild or a bit of saliva.