Chipped Tooth

Your Child Can Receive Treatment for a Chipped Tooth in Succasunna, NJ

Smiling little girl pointing to her chipped front tooth

A chipped tooth is a common childhood experience. Has it happened to your child? Maybe you have a toddler who is just learning to walk or a pre-teen who is active in sports. But don’t worry—unless a chipped tooth causes severe pain, it is usually not serious. However, your child should still see a dentist right away to find out if there is any damage that you can’t see.

You can feel confident entrusting your child’s dental care to the board-certified pediatric dentist at Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry in Succasunna, New Jersey. After calming your child’s fears, Dr. Julia Springfield Polomski will perform a thorough evaluation and help restore your child’s brilliant smile.

What You Should Do

In addition to calling Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry right away, we suggest that you rinse your child’s mouth with cool water and apply a cold compress to help reduce swelling. Additionally, if the chipped tooth is bleeding, apply some wet gauze and have your child hold it firmly in place for several minutes. If possible, collect any tooth fragments and bring them with you when you come to our office. It is usually not dangerous to swallow a tooth fragment, but if your child is having trouble breathing, you should go directly to the nearest emergency room.

What We Can Do

After examining your child’s chipped tooth, Dr. Julia can determine the best way to repair it. Some options include:

  • A basic filling – To close a small gap in a tooth created by a minor chip in its hard outer covering (enamel)
  • A dental crown – To strengthen, protect, and support a tooth that is weakened by a large chip
  • A root canal – To prevent infection in a chipped tooth with an exposed pulp (the tooth structure will then be stored with a filling or crown)

Even though a baby tooth will soon fall out to make room for the underlying adult tooth, it should be kept in the mouth as long as possible so it can help guide the growth, development, and positioning of the permanent tooth that will replace it. Therefore, a chipped primary tooth should be repaired.

Let’s Restore Your Child’s Bright Smile

To schedule your child’s complimentary consultation at our state-of-the-art office in Succasunna, NJ, call Roxbury Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry today at 862.305.4930 or click here.