Clean area gently; rinsing with warm water may help to dislodge any impacted food. It is best for your child to eat on the other side of their mouth until you can come to see us (ASAP). Your usual sugar-free pain relief may also help (e.g. Calpol, Nurofen).
If your child’s face is swollen contact us immediately on 091 565181 for an emergency appointment.
Chipped, Broken or Bumped Tooth
It is best to contact us for advice in these cases. In some instances the dentist will recommend your child is seen immediately, in other cases it won’t be as urgent. However, it is best to get the dentist to check any traumatic injury to the teeth as soon as possible. Call us on 091 565181 for an emergency appointment.
We would strongly advise that parents avail of 24 hour school insurance for their children. The fee is very reasonable and provides good cover for dental injuries.
Child’s Baby Tooth Knocked Out
If a baby tooth is knocked out do not try and put it back. If you do try and put it back you may accidentally damage the adult tooth that is developing in the gum. It is always a good idea to ring us on 091 565 181 for advice and to organise for your child to be seen as soon as possible.
Child’s Adult Tooth is Knocked Out
Contact us immediately on 091 565 181
Unlike baby teeth, if a permanent tooth is knocked out it should be replaced in the socket immediately. Once replaced correctly, have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze / soft cloth; see us immediately. The longer the tooth is out of the mouth, the lower the chance of long-term survival. If you are unable to put the tooth back, place it into milk and see us as soon as possible.
Note: Do not clean the tooth with soap or handle the root unnecessarily.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure – call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.
Severe Blow to the Head
Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.
Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw
Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
TRAUMA = Dental trauma is common in children.
It is important that oral / dental injuries are checked by the Dentist as soon as possible.
Trauma to Primary (Baby) Teeth
3 year old girl who fell and broke her upper primary (baby) tooth.
Repaired with composite (white) filling material.
Trauma To Baby Teeth
6 year old boy who fell off his bike and bumped his two front primary (baby) teeth.
Permanent Teeth Erupting
3 months later, all recovered and permanent (adult) teeth have erupted into correct position.
Defects on Permanent (Adult) Teeth
The original trauma to his primary (baby) teeth had damaged his permanent (adult) front teeth.
This was easily repaired with composite (white) filling material.
Damage to the edges of permanent (adult) front teeth in a young child, caused by injury to their primary (baby) teeth at a very young age (approx. 1-2 years). It is important that a Dentist checks your child if they injure their teeth / mouth.
Trauma to Permanent Teeth
8 year old girl, who fell playing on concrete, fractured 2 upper permanent (adult) teeth, one tooth fractured more extensively than the other.
Both teeth repaired using composite (white) filling material.
13 year old boy who fell playing sport, broke 2 upper permanent (adult) teeth.
Teeth repaired using composite (white) filling material.
10 year old girl who was hit with a hurley broke lower front permanent tooth.
Tooth repaired using composite (white) filling material.
10 year old boy who fell while playing. Large fracture upper adult tooth (permanent central incisor).
Tooth repaired using composite (white) filling material. This tooth subsequently required root canal treatment.
With extensive fractures of permanent teeth, there is a high risk of damage to the nerve!
Even after damaged teeth have been repaired, it is important that teeth are checked regularly by the Dentist.
In some cases there can be nerve / root damage, requiring further dental intervention.