Kids are naturally active and it can be scary to think of the injuries that might occur from some of their activities. Missing a catch or tripping over another player can mean a trip to the emergency room or at least a visit to the dentist’s office.
The restoration of a chipped or cracked tooth will depend on some particular factors. Is it a permanent tooth? Is it a front tooth or one that shows when your child smiles? Is there the risk that the jagged edge could cut the tongue? Your pediatric dentist will need to know the answers to these questions along with any other information that may be pertinent to the treatment.
What can you do before you get to the dentist? If the tooth or surrounding gum tissue is bleeding apply pressure to the area with a clean, damp cloth. Try to find the missing piece of tooth, it may still be in the mouth and could cause further injury. In some cases tooth fragments may be reattached. Injuries to the mouth often involve swelling. Pain and swelling can be reduced by applying ice.
The most important thing to remember is to contact your dentist asap. Alert the office that your child has experienced an injury and that you are on your way to see the dentist. They will want to clear the decks and be ready for your arrival.
Dr. Kaelin is focused on sports dentistry and is concerned with providing protective safety measures for child participants. Call Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry @ 303-835-9330 to set up your appointment time.