Yes, for many reasons. First, immediately after the trauma, the severity of the dental damage will indicate whether emergency management is required. Even if a child doesn’t complain of pain, they may have damaged the gum or tooth leaving it vulnerable to infection.
Long-term follow-up is essential because a traumatised baby tooth may die some time after the initial accident, and lead to pain and infection at a later stage. Chronic infections may not be obvious. When roots get infected this may lead to chalky adult teeth. Also after trauma, teeth may suffer fusion to the bone and affect the permanent tooth from coming through.
So you can see there are so many reasons that these teeth need to be inspected clinically at the time of the trauma and followed up appropriately. X-rays may be required. If a health professional says not to worry about checking a traumatised baby tooth, please seek a second opinion.
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