Dental Trauma Specialist

Harbor Kids' Teeth

Lisa A Block, DMD, MS

Pediatric Dentist located in Gig Harbor, WA

Unexpected accidents can injure your child’s teeth or gums, requiring medical attention quickly. At Harbor Kids’ Teeth in Gig Harbor, Washington, board-certified dentist Lisa Block, DMD, MS, provides the highest level of expertise in treating dental trauma in children. If your child suffers a dental injury, contact the practice immediately to get the care they need.

Dental Trauma Q & A

What is dental trauma?

Dental trauma involves an unexpected injury to the mouth that causes broken, dislodged, or lost teeth or damaged gums. The severity of the damage can vary.

If your child suffers a dental injury, bring them in immediately to see Dr. Block. A quick response to dental trauma can have promising results and restore your child’s oral health.

How are common dental trauma injuries treated?

Dental trauma injuries and treatments can include the following:

Chipped or fractured tooth

A small broken piece of your child’s tooth can usually be repaired by reattaching it if you bring it with you. However, depending on the size of the chip or fracture, your child might need a dental crown to fully repair the tooth.

If your child’s broken tooth exposes the tooth’s pulp, Dr. Block will need to do a root canal.

Dislodged or displaced tooth

If your child’s tooth gets knocked out of its socket or is turned sideways, Dr. Block can put it back in place and repair the damage using a treatment like a root canal, a filling, or a crown. The treatment choice will depend on how severe the damage is.

Knocked-out tooth

A knocked-out tooth needs immediate medical attention. If you can find the tooth, put it in a cup of milk or saliva. Be sure not to touch the roots. Getting in to see Dr. Block within 30 minutes of the injury could save the tooth.

What symptoms can my child experience during dental trauma?

Symptoms of dental trauma include swelling and bleeding in your child’s mouth.

You can’t always see the problem, but the pain is still there. For example, you might not be able to see a cracked tooth, but a toothache, headaches, and swelling might occur. Fever and/or swollen lymph nodes should also be of concern.

Severe injuries that cause heavy bleeding require immediate medical attention to avoid airway blockage and to restore your child’s oral health as quickly as possible. You should call 911 or take them to a hospital emergency room.

To learn more about dental trauma and how to respond to it, call Dr. Block and her team at Harbor Kids’ Teeth right away.