Dental Emergencies and Trauma

No one likes to think about dental emergencies or traumas, but it’s nice to know that if your children ever have one, Oceanside Dental can help.

 

Dental emergencies usually come in the form of teeth that have been broken or knocked out. This tends to happen more with children than adults because children are more active, playing sports and participating in physical activity. Anything from tree climbing to walking on a log across a stream can result in tooth trauma, so there really isn’t any way to completely guard against it. However, there are some steps we can take to decrease the odds of injury. Teeth should be protected with a mouthguard during contact sports like lacrosse, hockey or football. Teeth are also vulnerable when children ride bicycles or skateboards, and although the use of a helmet and padding are often encouraged, for some reason the use of mouthguards is still not common, though we believe it should be.

 

Reimplantation and Crowns

 

If your child’s tooth is knocked out, it may be possible to re-implant it, so if you can find it, keep it moist by putting it back into the socket or into the child’s mouth between the cheek and gum (if you think your child won’t accidentally swallow it). Another option is to keep it in milk until you can get to the dentist. Reimplantation is only possible within minutes or hours of the trauma, depending upon the specifics of the situation, so time is of the essence. It’s not always possible, but we do our best to try to preserve your child’s natural teeth.

 

If your child’s tooth is broken, he or she may need a crown, or cap, if a large portion has broken off. Although a broken tooth is not the same kind of emergency as a tooth that has been knocked out, it still needs to be addressed, and the sooner the better. A crown may be needed to cover the tooth so it can be fully functional.

 

A chipped tooth can sometimes be repaired with filling or bonding so that no one will even notice the difference. If the chip is very small, it might be possible to merely file it smooth without the need for bonding.

 

Baby Teeth Count!

 

Younger children who suffer a tooth trauma with baby teeth still need to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. Baby teeth that come out long before they are ready leave empty spaces in the mouth that can cause the other teeth to shift, setting the stage for misalignment of permanent teeth.

 

If your child should ever suffer a tooth trauma, we here Oceanside Dental of Myrtle Beach will quickly and skillfully mitigate the damage in a way that reassures your child that he or she is in the hands of experts and has nothing to fear.