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What Should I Do if My Child Cracked a Tooth?
When your child gets hurt it is always a stressful situation. Sometimes, it is clear what you need to do when your child gets hurts. Other times, it can feel like a guessing game. When it comes to injuries that involve your child’s teeth, it can be especially confusing. It can be difficult to know when to call the dentist for an emergency appointment and when you can wait for a regular appointment. Keep reading for a few tips on what to do if your child cracked a tooth.
Apply any type of first aid that is needed
The very first thing you need to do if your child cracked a tooth is to apply any type of first aid that is needed. Often, a cracked tooth results from an injury. The injury may involve more than just your child’s tooth. Check your child for bleeding, swelling, and any other signs of additional injury. If your child needs medical attention, start with that before addressing the cracked tooth. Once you are sure that your child’s immediate injury has been addressed and is under control, you can move on to the process of addressing the cracked tooth.
Check and see if the tooth is loose
When your child has an injured tooth, it is important to take a close look at it to determine if the accident or injury knocked the tooth loose. If your child’s tooth gets knocked loose, it can lead to tooth loss. Quick action will provide you with the best chance of saving a tooth that has been knocked loose from an injury. If your child’s tooth seems loose at all after an injury it is important to call his or her dentist right away.
Look at the severity of the crack
The next step in the process is to look at the severity of the crack on your child’s tooth. A crack on your child’s tooth can be superficial and just on the surface or it can extend to the root. You will not be able to determine the seriousness of the crack on your own, but you need to look at it in order to provide a description to the dentist when you call.
Call your child’s dentist
The only way to determine what needs to be done to take care of your child’s tooth is to visit the dentist. Your child’s dentist will look at the crack in your child’s tooth as well as the gums and the areas surrounding the tooth. If the crack is superficial, you may not have to take any type of action. If the crack also caused injury to the root of the tooth, the dentist may decide to take more action in order to prevent tooth death. In some situations, the dentist will have you come in right away for an emergency appointment and in other situations you can wait for a regular appointment. The timing of the appointment will depend on exactly what happened as well as the severity of the injury.
Seeing that your child cracked a tooth can be upsetting. The good news is that a cracked tooth can be a surface-level issue that does not impact function. No matter how the crack happened, you need to reach out to your child’s dentist to determine if immediate action is necessary.