When your child chips a tooth, or one is knocked loose or out, then care is needed right away to avoid complications and protect the smile. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist will discuss our immediate treatment options for damaged teeth, and how you can respond to help protect their smile until we can see them.
How to Respond
If your little one chips a tooth, then see if you can recover any pieces and bring them with you in a sealed container. If this isn’t possible then don’t worry, we can still repair the tooth. Your little one can take an age-appropriate over-the-counter pain reliever, and a piece of cloth or gauze could stem any bleeding. An ice pack or cold compress against the side of the face could also reduce facial swelling. If a tooth is knocked out, then pick it up by the crown, never touch the root, and place it in a glass of salt water or milk, bringing it with you to the office. If an injury occurs but the teeth appear undamaged, consider scheduling an appointment regardless, as a fractured tooth could be practically invisible to the naked eye, but still expose inner tissues to harmful oral bacteria, causing cavities and infection.
Ensuring Your Child’s Comfort at the Office
When you give us a call, we will schedule a visit soon to see your child, even if the injury happens outside of normal business hours. When your child comes to the office, he or she is welcome to bring a stuffed animal, or a special blanket or pillow. We will take time to discuss the procedure with your kids, answering questions and ensuring your little ones are calm and relaxed. We also have local numbing agents and even sedation to ensure your child remains relaxed and comfortable throughout the process. We will also provide detailed aftercare instructions and schedule follow-up visits if necessary.
Repair and Protection
With composite resin, the same material we use to create lifelike and metal-free fillings, our team can repair minor chips and cracks. We also have the ability to craft stainless steel or lifelike zirconia crowns, which can absorb bite forces and restore the tooth, preventing painful complications, like decay or infection. To help your kids avoid injuries, be sure they wear a mouthguard if playing sports! If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Emergency Dental Care?
Our team wants to help safeguard your child’s smile and offer immediate repair when necessary. To learn more about children’s dentistry, then schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.