Pediatric Dental Trauma
Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental treats dental trauma on Long Island, NY, with locations in Massapequa Park, Nesconset, and West Islip. Call your local office to make an appointment.
Dental trauma is surprisingly common, affecting an estimated 25 percent of school children at some point. An estimated 33 percent of adults have experienced dental trauma at some point in their lives, with the majority occurring before the age of 19. Fortunately, our experienced dental team is ready for the challenge.
We are open more than most pediatric dental offices in Nesconset, West Islip and Massapequa Park, usually five to six days per week with early morning and evening hours across our three locations.
During our hours, if you desire, your child will be seen that day. After hours we always have a doctor on call. Speak to a doctor, not a call service.
After office hours, please give the office a call and follow the instructions provided. If your child is experiencing a serious or life threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
Types of Dental Trauma
Dental trauma comes in many forms. These include, but are not limited to:
- Tooth Fractures
- Tooth Intrusion into Socket
- Tooth Knocked Loose
- Tooth Knocked Out
- Soft Tissue Lacerations
- Damage to Supporting Bone Structures
Although dental trauma can be caused by many things, certain activities do increase the risks. These include, but are not limited to:
- Contact Sports
- Tongue or Lip Piercings
- Age (Small children are more likely to fall down, potentially damaging a tooth)
- Malocclusion and habits (teeth that are not aligned or are more forward are more likely to have trauma)
Using a properly fitted mouthguard during contact sports and risky activities is the single best way to lower the risk of dental trauma. Still, this is not a foolproof solution. When treating dental trauma, time is of the essence. Call your dentist immediately, and be ready for an emergency visit. If a tooth is knocked out, rinse it off and submerge it in a glass of milk. Apply pressure to the mouth to limit bleeding.
If your child experiences dental trauma, and you are on Long Island, we invite you to call our office for help. You can reach us at (516) 798-1111 (Massapequa Park), (631) 360-7337 (Nesconset), or (631) 661-7337 (West Islip).
Dental Trauma FAQs
What happens if my child knocks out a baby tooth from an injury or accident?
A baby tooth cannot be put back, but you should call our office as soon as possible so one of our board-certified pediatric dentists can assess your child to ensure that there is no soft tissue damage or other injuries. (Don’t try to put the tooth back in—you can damage the surrounding tissues and adult tooth.) We’ll also determine whether a space maintainer is needed to ensure that the adult tooth has room to erupt.
What if my child breaks an adult tooth?
Call our office right away for an emergency visit. If you can locate the piece of the tooth that broke off, place it in a small cup of milk or saliva and bring it to your child’s appointment. If it’s a clean break, we can usually bond it back onto the remaining tooth structure and it will look as good as new. We’ll also take an x-ray to examine the root of the tooth and determine whether additional treatment is needed.
Why should I use Adelberg Montalvan for my emergency?
The benefit of choosing Adelberg Montalvan for your child’s dental emergency is that we have multiple locations and extended hours. When our offices are closed, we’re still on-call to provide you with support when you need it. You’ll speak directly to one of our doctors, not an answering service. We are trained and equipped to treat pediatric dental emergencies or make a referral to another provider for specialized care if needed.