Healthy and active children always have a high risk of broken or fractured teeth. Dental injuries in children can happen due to falls, trauma, sporting injuries, and other factors. However, the severity of dental fractures can range from mild enamel cracks to deeper fractures. Depending on the nature of the fracture, the restoration technique might include fillings, dental crowns, root canals, or other treatments.
What should I do immediately after the dental fracture?
- Rinse the child’s mouth with warm water to clean the area.
- Save all the fractured pieces of the tooth available.
- Place the tooth fragments in an airtight container with saliva, mild, or salt water.
- Floss the teeth to remove any broken fragments stuck in the mouth.
- Ask your child to bite down on a piece of antiseptic gauze to control the bleeding.
- Place a cold compress on the child’s cheeks to reduce swelling.
- Give your child an age-appropriate painkiller.
- Contact the pediatric dentist immediately.