Broken, Fractured, Displaced Tooth
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: http://www.mychildrensteeth.org
American Board of Pediatric Dentistry: http://www.abpd.org
American Dental Association Desktop Site: http://www.mouthhealthy.org
American Dental Association Mobile Site: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/?device=Mobile
American Academyof Pediatrics: http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/SOPDOH.html
For a broken tooth, rinse your child's mouth out with warm water to clean out any debris or foreign matter. Use a cold compress on the child's cheek or gum near the affected area to keep any swelling down. Call our office immediately.
Minor fractures may be smoothed with a sandpaper disc or simply left alone. Another option is to restore the tooth with a composite restoration. In either case, treat the tooth with care for several days. Keep your child on a soft diet that avoids use of the broken tooth.
Moderate fractures include damage to the enamel, dentin (the bony hard portion of the tooth), and/or pulp (the nerve and blood vessels within the tooth). If the pulp is involved, the tooth may need a nerve treatment, including the possibility of a root cnal in order to save it. The tooth may be restored with a composite filling or a permanent crown. If damage to the pulp does occur, further dental treatment will be required.
Severe fractures often mean a traumatized tooth with slim chance of recovery.