As a parent, it’s hard not to panic when you know your child is in discomfort or pain. If your child has begun complaining about their tooth hurting when they drink or eat hot or cold items, it could be a sign that their dental crown is damaged or broken. Even though this is considered a dental emergency, you’ll be glad to know that there’s no need to panic, and you can address it within a day or two. Read on to learn what you should do if your child’s dental crown has fallen out or is broken.
Is a Broken or Loose Crown an Emergency?
Yes, a damaged dental crown is considered an emergency and requires timely treatment. However, there’s absolutely no need to panic, because your little one isn’t in any immediate danger, like they would be if they knocked out a tooth. When the issue is left untreated, it can cause more serious problems, such as tooth infections, so it’s important to contact a children’s emergency dentist and schedule an appointment for as soon as possible once you notice.
How Do You Know If Your Child’s Crown is Damaged?
Your child’s dental crown helps protect and fortify their damaged tooth, and without it, their pearly white is vulnerable. Whether it’s broken or completely lost, your little one may experience some out-of-the-ordinary symptoms, including:
- Heightened dental sensitivity.
- Their bite feels different, or their teeth feel misaligned.
- The affected tooth aches or hurt.
- You notice a visible crack, chip, or fracture in the crown.
- They feel a rough or uneven texture that they didn’t notice before.
At the first sight of any of these symptoms, it’s important to call your children’s emergency dentist as soon as you’re able to. Even though this situation doesn’t require you to panic or visit a dentist that same day, it’s important to quickly treat.
How Should You Handle The Situation?
If your child’s crown has fallen off, it’s important to remember not to panic. Immediately contact your nearest children’s emergency dentist so they can fit you into their schedule. Pick up the dental crown and rinse it under lukewarm water to remove any dirt or debris. If possible, you can try to temporarily reattach it to their tooth using denture adhesive or a small drop of toothpaste. To address any discomfort, you can give your child over-the-counter pain medication.
If your child’s crown isn’t intact, their dentist will likely have to replace it, so be prepared for them to take new impressions of your little one’s teeth to send to the dental laboratory during your visit. They’ll place a temporary crown while the permanent one is being made.
It’s always a good idea to have your local children’s emergency dentist’s contact information handy just in case you find yourself in an urgent situation. As long as you don’t panic and act quickly, you’ll be able to preserve your little one’s smile and ease their pain with minimal stress.
About the Author
Dr. Tera Pollock has received advanced training in sedation dentistry as well as working with children. During her rotation in the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, she was able to gain ample experience working with children and parents to treat a variety of complex situations. She is also an active member of the Rockwall County Dental Society. For questions or to schedule an emergency appointment for your child, visit Rowlett Dental Kids’ website or call 972-475-0301.