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Archive for September, 2016

What to Do if a Baby or Permanent Tooth Gets Knocked Loose or Out of Position; Chipped or Broken in Half, at Gum Line or With Root Still In!

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A lot of parents have a fear of their children having a tooth break or getting knocked out. If you know what to do before this happens it can be less stressful when it does. It can minimize permanent damage that may be a result too. Your child may also be less terrified because you aren’t running around like a crazy person! The most important thing to do is make sure you have your child’s dentist’s phone number handy or programmed into your phone.

Chipped, Cracked & Broken Front & Molar Teeth

Any injury to your child’s mouth should be checked by a dentist as there are things you are unable to see below the surface and a chipped tooth may also have a root that was fractured. This unfortunately can’t be seen with the naked eye, and can lead to an infection. If you chip, break or crack a tooth you should call the Dentist. Rinse the mouth with water, use a cold compress to bring down any swelling and bring the piece of tooth to the dentist if possible.

Baby Tooth VS Permanent Tooth

If a baby tooth is knocked out you should never try to put it back into where it came out of as there is a permanent tooth coming down and you may damage it. Contact your child’s dentist to make an appointment to have it looked at. If it’s a permanent tooth that is knocked out, then you need to see the dentist as quickly as possible. If a permanent tooth is replanted within five minutes after the injury, it has a good chance of survival. Permanent teeth can even still be re-implanted within one to two hours after being knocked out. After you find the tooth, pick it up by the crown or the widest part of the tooth and try not to touch the root. Gently rinse the tooth with cold water for 10 seconds and don’t use soap or scrub it. The best thing to do is to put it back in its socket and have your child bite down gently on a washcloth or clean gauze. If this isn’t working you should keep it clean and put it into a container with some cold milk, saline solution, water or saliva and get to the dentist immediately.

Chipped & Broken Tooth Repair

The enamel can be sealed to keep the bacteria out and there are times where the piece of tooth that broke off can be reattached at the dentist’s office. Chips and cracks can be repaired with bonding materials. If jagged or rough teeth are causing pain they can be filled or polished to smooth edges. Over several weeks after any dental trauma, the tooth may change color. This may be a sign that there was some trauma to the tooth that you didn’t even know about. It’s also a sign that the blood and nerve supply within the tooth has died. A dentist needs to take a look and determine what needs to be done.

Emergency Pediatric Dentistry

It’s impossible to prevent all slips and falls. Child-proof your home the best you can and have your children wear mouth guards when playing sports. Just because baby teeth aren’t permanent doesn’t mean they don’t require special care. Trauma to baby teeth can damage permanent teeth and delay their eruption. Contact Smile Reef for all you child’s emergency dental needs.

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Treatment of Toddler Overbites & Speech Problems Caused By Thumb Sucking, Pacifiers & Heredity

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Underbites can manifest themselves in young ones relatively soon. It may even go unnoticed for awhile. But an underbite, or also referred to as a Class III malocclusion or prognathism, is a condition in which the lower teeth and jaw protrude in front of the upper teeth. Generally, the upper teeth are situated to cover the bottom teeth ever so slightly, but when there is an underbite, an uncomfortable reversal occurs. If you noticed your child has an underbite, you may have a few questions on why it happened, what’s going on in your child’s mouth to cause the underbite, and how to treat it. We at Smile Reef would like to expound on the underbite for inquiring minds.

What is an Underbite & What Causes it

The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests that heredity is a major factor in the formation of an underbite. If a parent, or one of the four grandparents have an underbite, there is a fairly good chance your child could inherit this feature. Additionally, the underbite can be a product of children sucking their thumb, constant thrusting of the tongue against the teeth, and extended use of a pacifier or bottle. Treatment is highly recommended, as underbites can inhibit chewing as well as cause strain in the teeth and jaw muscles.

What is the Treatment for Underbites in Children

To supply appropriate treatment for an underbite, the involvement of employing the services of an orthodontist is often required. Following a thorough examination of the patient in question, the orthodontist may prescribe one of the following remedies listed below for treatment.
- Upper Jaw Expander: This is one of the most common treatments of overbites in younger children. An upper jaw expander is a wire device fixed to the roof of the mouth.
- Reverse Pull Face Mask: This is the other most common treatment recommendation for overbites in young children. It works by wrapping around the head and attaching to metal bands on the upper back teeth. It pulls the upper jaw into the correct position.
- Braces: The most common way to correct an underbite in older children is through the use of braces. You can find the most optimal look and braces for superior comfort, and still correct the underbite.
- Surgery: On rare occasions, an underbite can be so severe that surgery is required to fix it. Surgery is usually only the last resort, when other methods just were not effective.
In the majority of underbite cases, treatment is usually relatively simple. If your child has an underbite, consult your dentist to discuss treatment options and to get a referral for an orthodontist.

Correcting Underbites in Children

At Smile Reef, we can perform our in depth examination on your child’s underbite. With our diligence, training, expertise, and experience, we can determine diagnosis and recommend the most appropriate treatment options for your budget, child’s comfort, and final results. We utilize modern technology during the examining process to determine the severity of the situation, and with the aid of techniques and methods, we can present to you the most optimal treatment to correct your child’s underbite. Call us today to schedule your appointment, and we will get started right away!

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