Pediatric Dental Trauma
One of the most frightening experiences a parent can have is the injury of their child. Because of the nature of childhood, dental trauma is common for kids of all ages.
Trauma occurs frequently because of sports, falls, or because of an object placed inside the mouth. Injuries while playing on the playground, at the park, and at birthday parties can take you off guard.
At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, we want you to know we are available to help in the event that your child experiences a dental injury. Dr. Richard Facko understands that the efficient and effective treatment of your child may help to save a tooth and prevent future dental complications.
How to Know When to Call
If your child has a serious injury, call 911 or take them to the nearest emergency room. Signs of serious injury include:
- Bleeding that will not stop with pressure
- Loss of consciousness
- Nausea or feeling disoriented
- Blurred vision or slurred speech
- A large cut or gash
- An object stuck in the mouth
Sometimes it is tough to know when to call our office. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
- If there is tooth pain, tenderness, or sensitivity to hot or cold
- Pain or clicking in the jaw
- If the jaw is locked open or closed
- If a tooth is damaged or missing
- If wounds occurs in the mouth
- If a tooth appears cracked, moved, or compromised
- If the tooth turns dark
When in doubt, give us a call and we will help you determine if your child needs to be seen.
Sports guards are custom-made plastic protectors that cover your child’s upper teeth, helping to defend them against flying balls, swinging bats, the ground, and other kids. Because kids teeth change quickly, the fit should be checked regularly.
Tooth Loss Procedures
If your child loses a tooth due to trauma and you are able to locate the tooth, first determine whether it is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth. If it is a permanent tooth, rinse the tooth in water and have your child hold it in place, if they are able. Call our office immediately. If the tooth is not damaged, there is a good chance we can re-implant it.
If it is a baby tooth, it’s best to put it under the pillow for the tooth fairy. It is still important to schedule a follow-up exam in our office to make sure no fragments or other damage exists, but we will not try to save the tooth.
Call Our Office if Your Child Experiences Dental Trauma
If you have questions or concerns about an injury your child has had, please call our office as soon as possible. Your little one’s comfort and health are our number one priority. Dr. Facko will answer your questions and let you know if an office visit is necessary.