At Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry, we are acutely aware that dental trauma is common in toddlers as they learn to walk. Another susceptible age range is young teenagers who are involved in sporting activities. As such, timely trauma management of any tooth injury is the key to success! If your child suffers any trauma to their teeth, whether they are learning to walk, playing hockey or engaging in some other sport, please contact us as soon as you can. We welcome dental emergencies and will do our best to get your child seen as quickly as possible!
Trauma Management Care Tips
Q) What should I do if my child’s baby tooth is knocked out?
A) Baby teeth are not recommended to be replanted if knocked out. Contact our office as soon as possible.
Q) What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?
A) If the tooth is soiled, gently rinse it in cold water. Do not scrub it or clean it with soap. If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it in place with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, then call our office immediately (Call the emergency number if it’s after hours.) The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
Q) What if a tooth is chipped or fractured?
A) Contact our office immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. If you can find the broken tooth fragment, bring it with you to the dentist.
Q) What about a severe blow to the head or jaw fracture?
A) Go immediately to the emergency room of your local hospital. A blow to the head can be life-threatening.
Q) What if my child has a toothache?
A) To comfort your child, rinse the mouth with water. Apply a cold compress or ice wrapped in a cloth. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area. Give your child some children’s acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) if there are no allergies to the medication. Brush thoroughly after each meal and try to gently remove any impacted food out of the cavity (by brushing or flossing). Call our office promptly to arrange for an appointment.
Q) Can dental injuries be prevented?
A) Absolutely! First, reduce oral injury in sports by wearing mouth guards. Second, always use a car seat for young children. Third, childproof your home to prevent falls, electrical injuries, and choking on small objects. Fourth, protect your child from unnecessary toothaches with regular dental visits and preventive care.
At Chestermere Station Dentistry, we always have a dentist on call to handle emergency situations. Please call us at (587) 349-5858 for the dentist on call contact information.
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