Troy Dentist Explains What to Do When Your Child Has a Dental Emergency
Summer is just around the corner and school is almost out. There will be an increase in outdoor activity, contact sports, and slippery pool decks.
Hopefully, as a parent, you will have an accident-free summer but unfortunately sometimes dealing with a chipped or knocked-out tooth is all too common. It can certainly help to at least be prepared and know what to do if an emergency occurs. This will help you feel calmer if the situation arises and may even prevent permanent damage since you will be able to react quickly.
First and foremost, keep your dentist’s number programmed in your phone.
In the event of a broken tooth or dental emergency:
- Don’t wait! Call your family dentist immediately and 911 if necessary.
- Wash your child’s mouth out with clean
- Place a cold compress on their face (to help control swelling).
- Locate the piece of broken tooth and take it to the dentist appointment if possible.
Can I Replant a Missing Tooth?
You should never try to replant a baby tooth because you could damage the new tooth coming in. It is best to visit your family dentist right away so that they can make the best assessment on whether or not to replant it and how to prevent any infection.
However, if it is a permanent tooth or “adult tooth”, replanting it within 5 minutes may increase its chances of healing significantly.
Wash the tooth carefully and try not to touch the root. Be sure not to scrub or use any type of soap. Only use clean water.
Try slipping the tooth back into its socket. If you cannot replant the tooth, save the tooth fragment in a small container but keep it wet in water, milk or even saliva.
What if My Child’s Jaw Seems Broken or Dislocated?
Place a cold compress to reduce swelling. Go to your family dentist or an emergency room right away.
Prevention is Key
Although you cannot avoid all accidents, here are some preventative measures you can take that may make a difference between saving and losing your child’s tooth!
- If your child is playing in any type of sports game, have them wear a mouthguard.
- Teach them not to tear things with their teeth and to use scissors instead (supervised).
- Keep a close watch on young children and do not allow them to run around with any objects that may cause injury.
- Use gates to block any stairways and dangerous areas.
Looking for a Family Dentist in Troy, Michigan?
Remember it is crucial to have a family dentist programmed in your phone to contact in the event of a dental emergency.
If you currently do not have a dental office to call home and live in the Troy area, contact Dr. Mansky DDS today at (248) 689-5508. Our dental office is located in Troy, Michigan and we welcome both children and adults. Call us today!