Chipped teeth, dislodged teeth, and knocked-out teeth all qualify as traumatic dental injuries. When an injury such as those previously listed occurs, it is important to visit us as soon as possible to ensure that irreparable damage to the affected tooth or surrounding teeth does not ensue. The treatment method selected to repair the injury depends on the age of the child, the type of tooth (baby or adult), and the nature of the injury. When a tooth is chipped or fractured, your child may need a filling, a crown, or, should the inner area of the tooth become exposed or damaged, a root canal. When a tooth is dislodged, it often needs to be repositioned by a dentist and a root canal may need to be performed. The fate of knocked-out teeth is dependent on how well the tooth is preserved during the time between the injury and arrival at the dentist’s office. If all goes well, the tooth can be reinserted into the socket and root canal treatment will be administered. Most younger children are able to avoid root canal treatment in response to a knocked-out or dislodged tooth, because their teeth are better able to heal themselves. Additionally, knocked-out and dislodged baby teeth are typically left alone, as interference may negatively affect with the growth of the adult teeth, but it is always best to let us examine your child’s teeth and determine the proper course of action.