My Child Chipped a Tooth Playing Baseball – What Are My Options?

Baseball is a great pastime and a great sport for kids. But it’s not without risks and sometimes accidents happen. If your child has experienced a chipped tooth as a result of sports, you’ll have a few options to consider. Knowing your choices is important and can help you figure out exactly what you should do. Those options will depend largely upon the circumstances surrounding the tooth in question. Of course, a professional opinion from a dentist is the best way to ensure you make the right call but knowing more about your options is a good idea. For starters, the kind of tooth your child chipped will be the first consideration to take into account. If it’s a ‘baby’ tooth and not a permanent one, there’s a good chance that major dental procedures aren’t needed at all since the tooth will eventually fall out. Of course, if the tooth is permanent, you’ll probably want to have it looked at quickly by a dental professional so the right course of action can be determined. In short, for baby teeth you’ll have much less to worry about than you will for their permanent teeth. However, even baby teeth may need to be dealt with if the chip has caused a sharp edge to occur or if it’s in an obvious place that will affect your child’s smile. A dentist can often shape the tooth very quickly and remove jagged or sharp edges and help to contour the tooth so that it’s more aesthetically-pleasing. These are options that may need to be done in the case of a chipped baby tooth as well as a chipped permanent tooth and they’re often easier for your dentist to do than most people suspect. Simply put, your options are either ignoring the chip or getting it fixed. In both cases, taking your child to the dentist is a good idea. They’ll be able to help you determine exactly what your best options are and which ones they recommend. Your child’s smile matters and a chipped tooth is no laughing matter. Let the pros look and give you their opinions and then you’ll have the knowledge that you need to make an informed decision about what to do for your child. It’s easier than you probably realize to deal with a chipped tooth.

Dr. Hazim is a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. A graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Hazim has undergone continuing education at the Pankey Institute and has received accreditation from the Western Regional Examining Board.

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