What Can We Do If Your Child’s Tooth Is Broken?

Tooth and lip injuries are a very common problem in children. Due to accidents, tooth fractures and even complete dislocation of the tooth may be encountered. Knowing what parents should do in such emergencies will gain a lot in terms of protecting the oral health of children.

What to do if the tooth is broken?

If a part of the child’s tooth is broken as a result of an accident, the first thing to do is to find the broken tooth piece and consult the dentist as soon as possible. Depending on the shape and size of the fracture, the probability of the dentist replacing the broken piece varies. If the conditions are suitable, the broken piece can be combined with the natural tooth again.

What should be done if the tooth is completely dislodged?

If the necessary conditions can be met in children, even the completely erupted tooth can be replaced. The first thing to do is to find the missing tooth. However, in such a case, it is necessary to be very careful not to hold the root of the tooth that has erupted. Because in the root part of the tooth, there are cells that can survive for a while even if the tooth is dislodged. These cells enable the fully erupted tooth to attach to the bone when it is repositioned. For this reason, it is very important that the erupted tooth is not caught by the root part. If you can keep the tooth in the right conditions and apply to the dentist within two hours at the latest, the chance of the tooth settling back in place and holding onto the bone is greatly increased.

      How should the erupted tooth be preserved?

First of all, I repeat, the tooth should be washed under lightly running water without holding the root part. If you or your child are not in a panic, you can get the tooth in place and reach the dentist as soon as possible. However, if you cannot replace the tooth, you can bring it in by putting it in milk or serum. Milk and serum will help keep the cells alive. If there is no possibility to find milk or serum nearby, it is necessary to try to hide the tooth in saliva. After waiting for your child to calm down a bit, you should try to keep the tooth you washed in your child’s mouth. In such a case, the area between the cheek and teeth in the lower jaw towards the back is the most comfortable and safe place where the tooth can be stored so that the child does not swallow the tooth.

If you can meet one of these conditions and apply to the dentist within two hours at the latest, your child’s chances of regaining a healthy tooth will greatly increase.

I wish everyone a healthy day.


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