Dental Trauma

Dental Trauma Specialist
During sports or other high-impact activities, trauma is always a risk. When trauma affects the teeth, many different problems can occur. Regardless of the type of trauma, it’s important for children to get the treatment they need immediately. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Nolan Gerlach knows how to evaluate dental trauma and treat issues effectively. If your child has suffered dental trauma, please contact Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerlach in Bellevue, Washington.

Dental Trauma Q & A

Bellevue Pediatric Dentistry

What is dental trauma?

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.

How does Dr. Gerlach treat dental trauma?

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.

What should parents do when a child knocks out a permanent tooth?

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.

What if Dr. Gerlach can’t reattach a missing permanent tooth?

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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