You don't need to worry, but you should get a hold of us to make sure that no damage was done to other teeth or the developing permanent teeth.
Baby teeth serve a number of important purposes (including giving your child a photo-worthy smile you can't resist!). They help your child eat solid food and learn to speak clearly. They also serve as placeholders for the developing permanent teeth.
As the permanent teeth move in to place and become ready to grow in, the baby tooth prepares by dissolving the root. As the root dissolves, the tooth becomes loose. Eventually, it falls out so the permanent tooth has space to come in.
An injury can disrupt this process. If the baby tooth comes out too early, other teeth can shift. This means that the permanent tooth does not have the proper space to grow in, which means that it might grow in incorrectly or become impacted and fail to fully erupt. Another possible scenario is that the nerve of the injured baby tooth can die, which means that the root of the baby tooth never dissolves and the tooth is not lost on schedule. This can lead to infection or abscess.
If your child injures their tooth or loses a tooth that isn't loose, call our office so we can evaluate. We may determine that a spacer will help hold the space for the developing tooth, or the damaged tooth may need to be extracted.
Or it might just mean a visit from the tooth fairy is imminent!