Preventive and Diagnostic
We alway stress the importance of protecting your child’s smile with a mouth guard if they participate in sports. Our office can provide a custom mouth guard that covers the gums and teeth, providing protection for lips, gums, teeth and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries. Be sure to bring your mouthguard to your dental appointments so your doctor can be sure it still fits you well.
Below are some basic instructions on how to care for an injury until you can get to our office.
Cut lip, gum, cheek, or tongue
- Apply ice to help reduce swelling and apply pressure with a clean cloth or sterile gauze to stop any bleeding. If the bleeding will not stop, call your physician or visit your local emergency room.
A baby tooth gets knocked out
- Please call the office to schedule an appointment.
A permanent tooth gets knocked out
- If your child loses a permanent tooth, please call the office immediately. It is crucial to replace the tooth as quickly as possible. Handling the tooth by the crown, gently rinse the tooth, avoiding touching the root if at all possible. If you can place the tooth back in it’s socket, have your child bite down on gauze to keep it in place until you get to the office. If you can not place the tooth, put the tooth in a small container of milk or saliva until we can try to re-attach the tooth.
A tooth gets chipped or broken
- Gently rinse the area with lukewarm water and have your child place a cold compress on their face to reduce swelling. If you can locate the piece of broken tooth, place the piece in milk, and bring it with you to the office. If more than half of the tooth is broken off, please call us immediately.
Crowns are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth in children. Crowns completely cover the remaining tooth structure after it has been treated. In our office, we offer stainless steel crowns. If another type of crown (such as composite, porcelain, resin, etc…) is required, we will refer your child to a cosmetic dentist. We will always choose what is best for each child and for each tooth.