Dental trauma is what occurs when an incident, such as an impact, causes damage to the teeth and/or mouth. In children, one of the most common types of dental trauma is a knocked-out tooth. Children may also have chipped or broken teeth. All of these issues require a visit to Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry.
The treatment Dr. Gerlach will depend on the type of trauma. For example, if your child’s tooth was knocked out completely, Dr. Gerlach may try to put it back in place. If your child’s tooth is broken or chipped, Dr. Gerlach may recommend a crown or another type of treatment to restore stability to the tooth or improve its cosmetic appearance.
The type of treatment recommended for dental trauma will also depend on whether the affected tooth is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth. If your child has lost a tooth, Dr. Gerlach will discuss all of these issues in detail with you before determining the best treatment.
If a child knocks out a permanent tooth, begin by comforting your child and calming them down. Once the child is calm, try to reinsert the tooth into its proper place. Before reinserting the tooth, rinse any dirt off with milk. If you aren’t able to put the tooth back, store it in a container of milk or saltwater until you’re able to see the dentist.
When handling a knocked-out tooth:
1) Be careful not to touch the roots.
2) Don’t remove any tissue attached to the tooth.
3) Don’t allow the tooth to dry.
Contact Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry immediately for more specific instructions. It’s important to act quickly so the tooth has the best chance of reattaching.
In some cases, a missing permanent tooth may not reattach even with the best care. If this occurs, Dr. Gerlach may recommend an implant or bridge to fill the gap and prevent further problems. Dr. Gerlach will explain the pros and cons of each option in detail so you can make the right choice for your child.
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