Toddlers and little ones who are just getting used to walking and keeping their balance fall down from time to time. It’s part of growing up. Typically, these falls are minor, maybe at worst resulting in a bump or bruise, but occasionally an accident can cause a more serious injury. If the fall involves impact to the mouth, a tooth (or teeth) can get chipped or even completely knocked out. Whenever there’s damage to teeth because of an impact, it’s called dental trauma.
Incidents of dental trauma proportionately happen more often in little kids (about age 2 to 6) than in any other age group. But trauma happens to older kids too, and it’s more likely to happen when playing sports or doing other physical activities.
Because dental trauma can impact different teeth and cause different levels of damage, there is no one-size-fits all approach. But even for mild trauma, we recommend seeing us at Hampton Roads Pediatric Dentistry or another dental professional as soon as possible. There could be injuries to neighboring teeth that only a complete dental exam can uncover.
What if the trauma results in a broken tooth ror worse? Acting quickly is important. Here are some steps to follow:
Fragments from a tooth can be glued back in to place by a dental professional using special cement.
Try to reinsert the tooth to save it. Work quickly but carefully. If the tooth is reinserted within 15 minutes, the chances of keeping it are much higher than if you wait an hour or more.
Unlike with a permanent tooth, you should not try to reinsert a baby tooth. Doing so could potentially damage the permanent tooth that will grow in behind it. Still, the child should visit Hampton Roads Pediatric Dentistry or another pediatric dentist as soon as possible.
These steps might be hard to remember, especially in the frantic moments immediately following an accident. Keep these tips in a safe place so you can easily reference (hopefully you never need to!).
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