Children are known for playing rough and oftentimes this causes bumps, bruises, and it can even result in a cracked tooth. When this happens, you will want to know what to do.
Deciding Whether a Cracked Tooth Needs Repaired
There are many things you should consider to determine whether your child's teeth needs repaired. Things like the location of the tooth, the age of your child, and whether this is a baby, or a permanent tooth will all factor into your decision here.
One thing you should never do is try to put your child's baby tooth back into their mouth because this could damage the permanent tooth that's coming in. Otherwise, you may wish to forego treatment, most of the time, if it's a permanent tooth, you definitely will want to have it repaired.
What to do When Your Child Gets a Cracked Tooth
When your child cracks a permanent tooth, you'll want to make sure you pick up any parts that you can find without ever touching its roots. You can rinse it in cold water, but don't scrub it, before placing it in a clean container that's moistened with milk, saliva, saline, or water.
Once you've done this you should contact us immediately. We'll fix your child's tooth in much the same way we'd fix an adult's cracked tooth – with a filling or veneers. If your child is in pain before his appointment, you can give him a cold compress on his cheek or some Tylenol.
How to Avoid Cracked Teeth in Children
Preventing some injuries to your child's teeth is possible. Of course, they're going to stumble and fall despite your best efforts. However, you can child-proof your home and buy your child a mouth guard to wear while they're playing sports. Doing so will really help them avoid cracking more of their teeth.