What Should You Do If Your Child Chipped a Tooth?
As parents we are equipped to handle scraped knees and bruised elbows, but when it comes to broken and chipped teeth, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. If your child chipped a tooth while playing or from a fall, Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry can help you determine what to do next.
How to handle your child’s chipped tooth
Once your child is calmed down and you’ve determined there is no need for an emergency room visit, you should call your child’s pediatric dentist. It is important to get in contact with your child’s dentist as soon as possible to figure out if the tooth can be saved, if it needs to be pulled, and how to prevent infection.
After contacting the pediatric dentist, rinse the mouth with cold water and apply a cold compress to prevent swelling. Do your best to locate the broken piece of tooth. If you can find the tooth fragment, make sure to bring it with you when you visit the pediatric dentist.
Visiting the pediatric dentist for a chipped tooth
Even a small chip could have an impact on your child’s oral health. You may not be able to see it, but there could be an opening now in your child’s tooth that allows oral bacteria into the core and nerves, allowing for infection to start and spread.
Your child’s pediatric dentist may recommend getting dental radiographs to determine the extent of the damage done to your child’s tooth, gums, and those unerupted permanent teeth if the tooth chipped was a baby tooth.
Fixing a chipped tooth at the pediatric dentist
Depending on how the tooth chipped or broke off, it is possible that they can be bonded back together. If the fragment cannot be reattached, the dentist may be able to reshape the tooth to remove any jagged or sharp edges. If the chipped tooth is missing a large portion and it cannot be reattached, the dentist may be able to use a bonding material to fill in the space.
If your child chips a tooth, primary or permanent, make sure to call the pediatric dentist as soon as possible. Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry can help get your child’s oral health back on track.