Parents try to protect their children from harm. Everyday adventures like a baby learning to stand and walk or older children running at the park.
Falling on gravel, curbs and furniture can result in chipped teeth and other injuries. It’s a challenge for parents to be calm at the sight of their child rushing towards them clasping hands over injured teeth.
Keep as calm as possible as kids regard the parent’s reaction as the litmus test for their own response to an injury. Gently ask if you can check what’s happened. Avoid making a face or looking frightened or upset. Reassure yourself by remembering modern dentistry makes it possible to repair or replace almost any chipped or broken tooth.
Analyze visible damage. Let a professional check for loose teeth and other problems. Keep talking to your child while you collect your phone. It reassures him or her that you have the situation under control.
Call your child’s pediatric dentist right away. If it’s after hours, jot down the emergency phone number and call it. Describe the injury and when it happened. Ask what can be done to ease the pain on the way to the appointment. You may be given a referral to another dentist in the group who specializes in pediatric dental trauma.
An advantage of choosing a youth-focused office is that the staff is skilled in comforting kids of all ages as well as family members who accompany the patient to the dental office.
The dentist will check for damage and infection. A follow-up appointment helps locate hard-to-find fractures that may be unnoticed during the primary evaluation. Any dental trauma should be looked at, even if it’s a baby tooth that’s been damaged. Proper care will help the tooth grow in straight and reduce the risk of infection in the permanent teeth and gums.
Bonding is an easy method of cosmetic and restorative dentistry process. It’s a popular choice for rebuilding the missing part of a chipped tooth. The durable, natural-looking composite resin is colored to match your child’s teeth. The tooth looks like it was never injured, and the process protects the tooth from additional damage. The seamless blend with natural teeth is less expensive than porcelain veneers. Teeth require no alteration to accept the bonding. If another method is desired in the future, the bond can be removed without damaging the tooth.
The material is held in place with an adhesive while it dries. Then the dentist smooths and polishes it. Bonding lets your child leave the office with a quickly restored tooth. Proper dental care keeps the restoration working for years.