Caring for a Child Who Chips a Tooth
Experiencing an injury can be equally frightening for your child and for you as a parent. You want to be able to help your child as quickly as possible to ensure that the damage isn’t lasting. Today, we’re going to consider the best way to respond when a child chips a tooth.
What to Do for a Child with a Chipped Tooth
It can be tough when your child runs to you with a chipped tooth, but the first thing to keep in mind is not to panic. This isn’t a life-threatening situation, and there is treatment available. Here are the steps to help the process along:
- Try to find the broken tooth fragment.
- If you have the tooth fragment, place it in cold milk or water.
- Use a cold compress to keep swelling down.
- Call your pediatric dentist immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.
- Bring the tooth fragment to the emergency dental appointment.
Kids Chipped Tooth Treatment
The treatment your child receives at the emergency visit will depend on the extent of the damage. For minor damage, dental bonding may be all that is required. If the tooth chipped because it had seriously decayed, it might require a root canal and crown to save the tooth. In the worst-case scenario, if the tooth is beyond saving, it can be extracted. If the tooth is a baby tooth, no further attention may be necessary. If a permanent tooth needs to be extracted, we can consider cosmetic options.
The Best Pediatric Dentists for Emergency Dental Treatments
The board-certified pediatric dentists at BRSH+FLSS have the experience and compassion to keep your children calm during an emergency situation. The best dental practices are used to help your child maintain a healthy smile moving forward from the incident. Preventative dental practices are encouraged, and dental sedation is available for nervous patients. The next time your child experiences a dental emergency, call 619-741-1500 to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to maintain regular dental checkups every 6 months.