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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

CRACKED TOOTH

10/21/2004

Question:

MY 20 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER WAS PLAYING AND DANCING AROUND ATHOME WHEN SHE SLIPPED AND HIT HER MOUTH ON A SMALL TRASH CAN I HAD IN THE ROOM- HER TOOTH WAS CRACKED-SHE IS WITH A MODELING AGENCY- I WANTED TO KNOW IF THIS CAN BE REPAIRED UNTIL HER TEETH FALL OUT AND SHE RECEIVES HER NEW TEETH?

Answer:

Fractured primary (baby) teeth can be repaired. Your child should see a pediatric dentist to complete that treatment and to rule out other injuries. Her permanent teeth are developing now very close to the root of the tooth that was injured and they could potentially be damaged if the baby tooth is infected.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University