Pediatric Dental Emergencies
Accidents happen all the time and it is important to take care of the issue immediately. We are always here to assist you and your child so please call us immediately if an accident does occur. If an accident occurs during after hours, please be sure to call our emergency number. Below, you will find tips for how to deal with common dental situations to help relieve any pain or discomfort your child may feel as you make your way to our office or hospital.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If a child accidentally bites his/her lip or tongue, it can cause sharp pain and discomfort. If this happens, be sure to clean the affected area and apply a cold compress to help reduce swelling. Please give us a call so we can help you determine the seriousness of the bite.
Object Caught on Tooth
In many cases, your child will encounter objects stuck between their teeth which can cause discomfort. To help relieve the discomfort, gently remove the object by using dental floss. If the object can not be removed, be sure to contact our office so that we can help remove the object for you.
Broken Tooth or Tooth Loss
If your child breaks a tooth or if it gets knocked out during an accident, be sure to contact us immediately. If you are able to retrieve the lost tooth, be sure to hold it by the crown (not the root) and rinse it off thoroughly with warm water without scrubbing. Then if you are able, try and place the tooth back in its socket or in a container of milk and bring it with you when your child sees us. We will then be able to determine how to restore or salvage the tooth. If acted quickly upon, we can salvage a permanent tooth, however, if your child looses any primary teeth, then those generally don’t get re-implanted. However, you will need to make sure your child sees us so that we can asses the area and remove any fractured tooth particles remaining.
If your child complains of a tooth ache, be sure to floss and rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water and see if the pain goes away. Apply a warm washcloth on the outside of your child’s cheek if you notice any swelling. If you do notice that your child’s mouth or gums around the tooth is swollen, or if you notice a fever, then your child may have an affected tooth that needs immediate attention. Be sure to see us immediately if any of these symptoms occur.
If you suspect that your child has a broken jaw, be sure to contact our emergency number or go to a hospital immediately. Broken jaws can be very painful so treating this issue immediately is very important. As you make your way to our office or hospital, use a cold compress to reduce the swelling. Generally, a broken jaw is a result of a blow to the head so it is important to seek help immediately so that your doctor can asses the jaw and the head as a blow to the head can be life-threatening and dangerous.
Dental emergencies can often times be avoided. Ensuring that your house is child-proof will help to reduce the chances of accidents from occurring. Also, paying attention to the things your child chews on such as hard items or food, will help reduce the risks of damaging a tooth. Lastly, be sure to ask us about mouth guards for contact sports, and information on proper brushing and flossing to help your child protect his/her teeth.
If you or your child is experiencing any type of dental emergency, don’t wait. Immediately contact us or visit a nearby hospital. If left ignored, you are potentially putting you or your child at risk of further damage that may need more extensive care and treatment later on. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.