Treating Dental Trauma in Children
The best way for you to help make sure your children have healthy, beautiful teeth is to teach them how to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup. However, here at Great Outdoors Pediatric Dentistry, we know that kids will be kids and accidents can’t always be avoided.
Dental trauma is when a tooth becomes chipped, broken, or falls out because of force. If dental trauma isn’t addressed quickly and properly, it can cause long-lasting damage to the look and function of your child’s teeth. We’re able to treat dental trauma at our office as long as you make an appointment quickly.
Below are a few ways we can repair the damage caused to your child’s teeth:
- Dental Fillings – If a dental cavity has been caused by dental trauma or decay, a dental filling will be used to restore the tooth. First the cavity will be thoroughly cleaned and dental material will be used to fill in the damaged area of the tooth.
- Dental Crowns – If a tooth has been cracked or chipped, your child may need a dental crown. A dental crown is a cap that is placed over the entire damaged tooth. Dental crowns restore the look and function of the tooth while also protecting it from further damage or infection.
- Dental Veneers – Dental veneers are thin porcelain or composite resin shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth, usually to enhance the aesthetics of a smile. They can be used to correct chipped or discolored teeth.
The best ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong are by teaching them good at-home oral hygiene habits, ensuring they eat a healthy diet, and making sure they’re equipped with a mouth guard during sports or other types of physical activity.