Dental Trauma to Permanent Teeth

childrens emergency dentistTrauma to teeth can happen so fast … a fall off a bike, an incident while playing sports, an auto accident … any of these things can result in traumatic damage to your child’s teeth. Being prepared is critical to the outcome of any of these events. Carrying the name and phone number of your children’s emergency dentist, as well as keeping this information posted for caregivers, can mean the difference between saving your child’s teeth and costly, time consuming, and maybe uncomfortable dental work for your child.

When selecting your pediatric dentistry provider, there is a primary question that may dictate who you select. And that is the availability of emergency care for your child. If your child’s dentist does not have after hour’s emergency care, it is imperative to obtain the information you may need if your child is faced with needing dental care outside of normal hours of operation.

Since many sporting and extracurricular events occur in the evening and on week-ends, an accidental fall or getting hit in the mouth is more likely to occur after hours requiring seeing your children’s emergency dentist at an inopportune time. You should be able to make a quick call and experience positive results … if not, you may be forced to go to the emergency room where hours of waiting can have a devastating impact on your child’s dental health.

Do you know what to do if your child experiences a dental trauma? If your child’s tooth is knocked out, do you or your caregiver know the correct action to take? If easily achieved, replace the tooth and hold in place until you can get to the dentist. If unable to replace the tooth, put the tooth in a glass of milk or cool water being careful not to handle the roots. You have about one hour to get the tooth put back in place in hopes of saving it.

Injury to the mouth can bleed excessively making an injury appear more serious than it really is. Will you remain in control, or panic?  Asking questions of your dental provider in advance of a problem may help you be prepared in the event of a dental injury.

The correct response can mean the difference between success and failure; preparation is critical when it can impact your child’s dental future and health. For more tips on emergency dental care, contact our team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry today.

When do children lose their first tooth?

Fort Worth pediatric dentistWhen discussing this topic, there is not an exact answer. Speaking in generalities, most children will lose their first baby tooth at age five or six, but some may not until age seven. There are many factors to consider such as the age of the baby when their first primary tooth erupted. Concerns regarding your child’s teeth can be addressed to the pediatric dentist; it is advisable to schedule that first appointment around your child’s first birthday.

Children usually follow the same pattern for losing their baby teeth as the sequence they came in. The lower front teeth usually come in first, and are the first to fall out. Children will get twenty primary teeth, ten on top and ten on the bottom. 

Children usually follow the same pattern for losing their baby teeth as the sequence they came in. 

This first set of teeth paves the way for the permanent teeth, making their care very important. This is why parents are urged to have their toddlers see the pediatric dentist at around 12 months of age. If there are any problems with the child’s teeth, this is the perfect opportunity to get their dental issues diagnosed and a treatment plan put into place.

The pattern of tooth loss can be disrupted if the child experiences trauma resulting in premature tooth loss. A fall or accident can have this result. Basically, however, if the normal process occurs, the roots of baby teeth will dissolve allowing for the teeth to become loose. In most cases, the child will wiggle the tooth for days before it pops out.

Many years ago, it was not uncommon for parents to tie a piece of thread or string around a loose tooth and pull it out when it became loose. This action is discouraged today … if the root is still holding onto the tooth, pulling it out in this fashion can cause discomfort. While there may be no negative result from this action, removing teeth this way may result in unnecessary angst and anxiety. Many patients seek the aid of their pediatric dentist to remove baby teeth that seem problematic.

The child’s permanent teeth will commonly follow the loss of their baby teeth. However, some children may not have lost all their baby teeth when their adult teeth start to erupt. There is usually no concern about this, but a consult with your child’s dentist will confirm your best course of action.

Call 817-569-6633 to schedule your child’s appointment today.