Kids Teeth Fractured Tooth

Emergency Dental Care – My child has a fractured tooth; what should I do?

A dental emergency can happen at any time and are very common in children, especially in the summer. Did you know that your child’s tooth can often be restored if the dental emergency is handled properly? Call us and let us help you determine if it’s a true dental emergency and walk you through the steps of how and when Kids Teeth can help. Here’s an example of a real scenario that Dr. Mike handled.

Help, my child fell and his tooth is broken! 

Kids Teeth Fractured Tooth

Fractured teeth before

Our patient fell off his scouter onto the pavement and significantly broke (or fractured) his permanent front teeth causing instant sensitivity.  After examining the teeth and locating the tooth fragments his mother called us.

Upon arriving, Dr. Mike did an exam and took x-rays to evaluate the fractured teeth looking for potential damage to the pulp, nerve, and surrounding area of the teeth.  He administered nitrous to calm the patient and applied a topical anesthetic around the tissue.  He proceeded to bond the fragments back to the permanent teeth leaving the patient “good as new.”

Fractured teeth after

We plan to see the patient again in 6-8 weeks to re-examine.  At that time, another x-ray will be taken to allow the doctor to look at the roots of the teeth, check sensitivity and bone around the teeth ensuring that everything is healing properly and appears healthy.  After follow up protocol is complete, we will resume routine care and continue to watch the teeth over time.

As you can see from the after photos, it’s hard to tell that he ever fell off his scouter.  With a quick response and prompt evaluation, we were able to save his smile.

24/7 Emergency Dental Care:

Did you know that Dr. Will and Dr. Mike are specially trained in advanced diagnostic/surgical procedures, management of oral/facial trauma, growth and development, as well as conscious sedation and general anesthesia?  These skills are part of their pediatric residency, an additional two-year program that they complete after dental school. At Kids Teeth, we put this training to good use by offering 24/7 emergency dental care. This means we ALWAYS have a dentist on call to handle dental emergencies.  We are here to help when you need us so don’t hesitate to call and follow the prompts to reach the doctor. Better yet, save our office number in your phone now – (843) 216-5879.

See additional article emergency dental care – What to do in a dental emergency?