If your child significantly breaks or fractures a permanent tooth, contact Staten Island Pediatric Dentistry immediately. Acting quickly can help us save the tooth, prevent infection, and minimize the need for complex dental treatment.
Steps to Take When Your Child Breaks a Tooth
After you call our emergency dental office in Staten Island, you can take the following steps:
- Try to locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to your appointment.
- If bleeding is involved, apply a gauze pad to the area to control it.
- Control swelling with a cold compress on the face near the area of injury for 20-minute intervals.
- Help relieve any pain by having your child rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon of salt to one cup of water)
- Avoid further damage to the tooth by giving your child soft foods
You can give your child an OTC pain medication cleared by your pediatrician, but do not hold aspirin or any other painkiller against the tooth.
How We Treat Cracked and Broken Teeth
When our pediatric emergency dentists see your child promptly after the trauma, we can evaluate the extent of the injury and look for signs of less obvious damage to the tooth.
The treatment we provide depends on the severity of the trauma to the tooth. If the chip, fracture, or break affects only the outer tooth enamel, placing a tooth-colored filling material may be all that’s needed.
If the tooth is cracked but has no nerve damage, we might recommend a dental crown for protection; if the injury involves nerve damage, we may need to perform a root canal before placing the crown. If the injury extends to the yellow dentin beneath tooth enamel, we may need to prescribe antibiotics to avoid infection.
We Are Here for Your Child's Dental Emergency
The first step with any childhood dental emergency is to call our Staten Island pediatric dentists at (718) 761-7316, and we will see you promptly.