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When children begin to explore the world around them, they are exposed to multiple falls that can hit the baby teeth, leading to a situation of urgency in which parents are sometimes at a loss about what to do or where to turn.
On the other hand, there may also be many strokes that They go unnoticed by the parents and when they finally go to the consultation it is because they observe that their child's milk tooth is changing color or already has an infection. That is why I am going to give you a series of tips that will help you to better understand and control these types of situations.
What should we do when the children blow to a milk tooth?
The first thing to do, that when a child hits a milk tooth, and as long as it is not associated with other more serious complications (loss of consciousness, wounds that require suturing ...), is contact a dental clinic, rather than going to a hospital. Well, it is the dentist who will best advise you on how to act depending on the severity of the blow.
In addition, the dental clinic has all the material necessary to make a good diagnosis of the tooth that has suffered the blow, and consequently, handle urgency in the most appropriate way and indicate the best treatment.
We must go to the dentist as soon as possible, but the time will depend above all on the type of trauma that the child has suffered and the urgency that it requires.
- If it is acute: we must go as soon as possible to the consultation, in case the baby tooth has completely come out of the mouth (avulsion) or has suffered a displacement prevent the child from eating or closing his mouth properly.
- If it is sub-acute: attend the first 24 hours, in those blows that the milk tooth has suffered an intrusion (displacement inwards), when the tooth has mobility and bleeding of the gum (subluxation) or in case of fractures that have exposed the nerve of the baby tooth.
- If it is deferred: more than 24 hours, in case of crown fractures without nerve exposure.
The dentist will perform a complete clinical examination to determine how many teeth have been affected in the blow or if there are any others soft tissue injuries (bruises, lacerations, inflammations, etc.).
In most cases, a bone scan intraoral in order to establish a more accurate diagnosis and consequently, determine the most appropriate treatment. Also, a photographic record to have control over possible future changes that the hit tooth may undergo.
Once the type of trauma that your child's milk tooth has suffered has been determined, the dentist will indicate the treatment to follow, warn parents about the complications that may appear in the milk tooth and the possible sequels in the future permanent tooth; and will schedule the visit protocol established by the international association of dental trauma, which in general will require a check-up at a month, at three months and at 6 months.
At each appointment there will be a scan, an x-ray, and a photograph that will help the dentist to show the changes that the traumatized tooth has undergone after the blow.
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