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If one of your child’s teeth has been chipped, cracked or fractured by a fall or accident it can cause a lot anxiety and pain. If they are in distress, it’s important that you try to remain calm as they will tune in to your emotions. Damaged tooth enamel can be a serious problem, so it’s important to call Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center as soon as possible to address the problem.

Even if the damage to the enamel doesn’t expose the sensitive pulp of the tooth you should still have us look at it before tooth decay has a chance to set in. If one or more of your child’s primary teeth suffers from severe decay and needs to be extracted, it increases the chances of alignment issues developing when their permanent teeth develop.

If the crack, chip or fracture was caused by a blow to the face it could also come with pain and bleeding. You can have your child rinse their mouth with lukewarm salt water to clear any blood or debris and also help sooth injured tissues.

If your child has some swelling in the area, you can lightly hold a cold compress to their cheek for 15 minutes at a time. Oral anesthetic rubbed on the gums can help reduce pain in the short term, while you are getting them the attention they need.

If your child has a cracked, chipped or fractured tooth, you should call Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center as soon as possible at 718-548-3353 to schedule an appointment.