It happens. Kids get into themselves into trouble sometimes. If and when they do, we’re here to help soothe their pain and repair any damage that may have occurred. From toothaches to more serious injuries, our capable dentists and our state of the art facilities are able to handle it all.
Toothaches are common, but unlike growing pains, usually indicate an issue with the tooth, including fractures, tooth decay, or some type of tooth trauma. When this happens, clean the area using warm water, check for any impacted food, then apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
Knocked Out Tooth
If a child’s tooth has been knocked out, time is of the essence. If it’s a baby tooth, a dentist probably won’t attempt a re-implantation, but a permanent tooth can be salvaged if you reach one of our dentists in time. Re-implantions are usually most successful when they are performed within an hour of being knocked out.
Dental Intrusion (tooth pushed into jawbone)
Sometimes, trauma can push a tooth into the jawbone. Depending on the nature and depth of the intrusion, your child’s dentist will either wait for the tooth to descend naturally, or perform root canal therapy to preserve the structure of the tooth.
Broken Tooth (Crown Fracture)
The crown is the largest, most visible part of the tooth. In most cases, the crown is the part of the tooth that sustains trauma. Our dentists can readily assess the severity of the fracture using X-rays, but any change in tooth color (for example, pinkish or yellowish tinges inside the tooth) is an emergency warning sign. Minor crown fractures may require the application of dental sealant, whereas more severe crown fractures sometimes require pulp treatments.
A root fracture is caused by direct trauma, and isn’t noticeable to the naked eye. If a root fracture is suspected, dental x-rays need to be taken. Depending on the exact positioning of the fracture and the child’s level of discomfort, the tooth can be monitored, treated, or extracted as a worst case scenario.
If you suspect any one of these conditions, don’t wait. Contact us immediately. If your child is in pain, you can offer a pediatrician-approved pain medication such as Tylenol.