Since children are very active, baby tooth trauma is a common occurrence. At Wells Family Dentistry, we regularly get phone calls from parents who are worried about their child’s baby tooth trauma and in need of advice on what to do. Here is a brief list of some of the most common types of baby tooth trauma we see:
Knocked Out Teeth
If your child’s entire baby tooth is gone from its socket, they have a knocked out tooth. You can control the bleeding by applying firm pressure from a cloth and save the tooth if possible so that it can be inspected by one of our dentists. It’s important to refrain from re-inserting the tooth into the socket on your own. Simply place the tooth in milk and get a hold of our office as soon as possible.
Gray or Brown Teeth
In the event that your child’s tooth looks gray or brown, it may or may not require treatment. If the discoloration is causing pain, you can give your child an over-the-counter pain medicine. Be sure to schedule an appointment with us so that we can examine the tooth and let you know if an infection is present and needs to be treated.
If your child is suffering from a toothache, encourage them to rinse their mouth vigorously with warm water. They can also use dental floss to remove any impacted food debris. If the pain persists, contact our office and avoid placing aspirin on the gums or aching tooth.
Call Wells Family Dentistry for a Baby Tooth Trauma Emergency
Wells Family Dentistry can assist you in any baby tooth trauma emergency. Please call our office at (919) 266-5332 or visit the emergency room if you believe that your child has sustained a head or neck injury related to the trauma. If you contact our office after hours, you’ll be directed to a number so that you can speak to the on call doctor.