Tooth Trauma


Children can be a handful sometimes which includes getting rowdy, or even getting themselves hurt. As children grow and develop, they’re not as stable and coordinated as adults are. Because of this, they can get hurt more easily. Outside of that, children are fragile in general which means they seem to come up with more “owies,” such as tooth trauma. Tooth trauma is common in younger children, usually from little accidents. However, below is a more comprehensive look at what tooth trauma is and how it can occur.

Dental Concussion

Dental concussions are when a child’s tooth is hit but isn’t loosened or knocked out. In other words, it’s not really damaged in any way, it’s just sore and may be sore to the touch or to chew on for a few days. This is referred to as a dental concussion because it acts much like a head concussion would.

Intrusion Injury

An intrusion injury is when a tooth has been pushed down into the bone. This may cause the tooth to look shorter than usual. This also means the tooth is no longer actually attached to the socket.

Loss of a Baby Tooth

When a baby tooth is lost through trauma rather than naturally, it’s usually not suggested that the tooth be replanted. This is because it could impede the growth and health of the adult tooth underneath.

Luxation Injury

When a tooth is only partially knocked out of the socket, this is called a luxation injury. When it’s pointing awkwardly either backwards or forwards in a luxation injury, this is referred to as a lateral luxation.

Subluxation Injury

When a child’s tooth is hit and seems to wiggly loosely, with a bit of bleeding involved, this is referred to as a subluxation injury. With injuries like these, there can be underlying reasons why the tooth is loose. It’s always smart to follow this type of injury up with a dental professional to ensure no breaking occurred under the surface.

Children can get into all kinds of accidents that result in their mouths or teeth getting harmed in the process. Even with a dental concussion, which seems to be no big deal, it’s always smart to follow up with a dental professional. The reason for this is because there may be underlying issues occurring that won’t be noticed until it’s too late. Leaving a baby tooth that could potentially be damaged can cause a child not only developmental issues, but infection, adult tooth trauma, pain, issues eating, etc.

Children can make injuries like tooth trauma a little more stressful because they can’t communicate properly with what they’re feeling. As a parent, this can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s always good to have a dental professional you can trust so they can help the stress melt away when your child’s care is at hand.