What to Do if Your Baby Chips a Front Tooth
If your baby or child has chipped his or her front tooth, stay calm. (Easier said than done, right?) Chips are not uncommon in children, and typically, there’s no reason to fret.
Here’s what you need to know about a chipped tooth:
How to Deal with a Chipped Tooth
A chipped tooth requires professional care. Schedule an appointment with a dentist immediately, and while you’re waiting for the appointment:
- Keep calm. Your child knows you. If you panic, your child will feel that and may become upset.
- Check on your child. Ask if he or she is uncomfortable and if there’s anything that would make them feel better.
- Call a dentist. Explain the situation. Someone at the clinic can give you detailed instructions for what to do until you can see the dentist.
What to Expect at the Dentist Office
The dentist will assess the damage and recommend an appropriate treatment. If the chip is small, the dentist will likely just file it down to remove the sharp edge. If it’s big, they’ll recommend one of the following:
- Applying a bonding material to fill the space left by the chip.
- Fitting a veneer that covers more of the tooth and shields it from further damage.
If you’re not sure why your dentist recommends one over the other, ask for an explanation. Different treatments suit different situations.Get the Right Treatment with a Kool Smiles Partner Dentist
If your baby or child has chipped a front tooth, a Kool Smiles Kids Club partner dentist can help. Our partners prioritize helping your child get back to feeling and looking as great as they did before the chip. When you take your child to a Kool Smiles partner dentist, you can rest assured that your child’s teeth are in caring, capable hands.
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