When a child is injured, it is a frightening experience for any parent. And as any parent will tell you, injuries in children are common simply because of the way they play.
When an injury involves dental trauma, it can be particularly scary.
Whether your child becomes injured while playing sports or from a fall or collision, Little Smiles Dentistry is available to help. Dr. Stefan Ionescu knows that proper dental care is necessary to help save a tooth and prevent dental complications from occurring later in life.
When a Tooth Is Lost
When a tooth is knocked out because of an accident or injury, your immediate course of action will depend on what kind of tooth it is.
If it is a permanent tooth, we want to try to save it. If possible, have your child hold the tooth in place and give us a call right away. If there is no damage to the tooth, we might be able to save it by reimplanting it.
If it is a baby tooth, make sure that your child did not swallow or aspirate the tooth. Loss of a baby tooth usually does not require treatment but call our office to schedule an appointment so that we may evaluate proper healing. Dr. Ionescu can make sure no other damage was done at the site.
The Importance of Sports Guards
Because children are prone to injury when playing sports, a mouth guard or sports guard can protect their teeth. Sports guards will help keep your child’s teeth safe if they are hit or if they fall.
Guidelines for Whom Should You Call and When
It’s not always easy to know whether or not you should call our office. If you are dealing with any of the following, however, it’s a good idea to give us a call:
- Your child has lost or damaged a tooth because of a trauma.
- A tooth has become cracked or otherwise compromised because of an injury.
- Your child has a painful toothache.
- Your child is experiencing pain or clicking in the jaw or the jaw is locked.
- There is a mouth wound from the injury.
- Your child’s tooth becomes discolored.
In a situation where a serious injury has occurred, it’s best to take your child to the nearest emergency room or call 911. Possible signs of serious trauma include:
- There is something stuck in your child’s mouth.
- You child has blurred vision or slurred speech.
- Your child is experiencing nausea or feeling disoriented
- Your child is experiencing uncontrolled bleeding that will not stop with pressure.
- Your child loses consciousness.
If you are unsure of what to do, you can always give Dr. Ionescu a call and we can help you determine the best action to take.
Call Our Office if Your Child Has Had an Accident or Suffered an Injury
Give us a call any time you are concerned about any kind of trauma your child has experienced. We can answer questions and help you assess whether or not the situation is an emergency.