Trauma Management

Primary tooth and root fracture

Dental trauma is commonly found in toddlers who are just learning to walk. Another susceptible group is young teenagers who become engaged in different kinds of sporting activities. Timely management of any tooth-related trauma is the key to success! If your child sustains any accident to his/her teeth, please contact our office as soon as you can. Our staff will help facilitate prompt treatment of your child.

Emergency Care

What should I do if my child's baby tooth is knocked out?
In most instances, baby teeth are not recommended to be replanted if knocked out. Contact our office as soon as possible.
What should I do if my child's permanent tooth is knocked out?
If the tooth is soiled, gently rinse it in cool water. Do not scrub it or clean it with soap. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a wash cloth. If you can't put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or water. Call our office immediately! (Call the emergency number if it's after hours.) The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?
Contact our office immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist.
What about a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture?
Go immediately to the emergency room of your local hospital. A blow to the head can be life threatening.
What if my child has a toothache?
To comfort your child, rinse the mouth with water. Apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area. Give your child some children's acetaminophen (Tylenol) if there are no allergies to the medication. Brush well after each meal and try to get any impacted food out of the cavity (by brushing or flossing). Call our office promptly to arrange for an appointment.
Can dental injuries be prevented?
Absolutely! First, reduce oral injury in sports by wearing mouth guards. Second, always use a car seat for young children. Third, childproof your home to prevent falls, electrical injuries, and choking on small objects. Fourth, protect your child from unnecessary toothaches with regular dental visits and preventive care.
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