Dental emergencies always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. If your child experiences sudden tooth pain or swelling, or if a tooth or crown becomes chipped, give us a call. We are here for you and your child during times of need, even if that means after-hours.
Deciding Whether it is a Dental Emergency
We have friendly staff available to take your call and guide you through a dental emergency even after hours. In some cases, we may recommend a simple home remedy or give you a prescription. But if needed, we will ensure that your child can be seen by a dentist right away.
Some of the most common forms of a dental emergency include:
- Trauma such as broken or cracked teeth
- Tooth fallen out of the socket
- Missing fillings or crowns
- Sudden or severe toothaches
- Swollen jaws
- Sore or bleeding gums
- Abscesses in the mouth
We want you to contact us any time you are worried or uncertain about your child’s dental health. There is no reason to go through a scary dental emergency alone.
What Should I Do if a Tooth Chips or Breaks?
In case a tooth chips or breaks, try to save the pieces and then rinse the child’s mouth with salt water. Use gauze or a clean washcloth to apply pressure to the area to stop the bleeding. As soon as the bleeding stops, apply a cold compress and bring your child to the dentist immediately. The pieces of the broken tooth may or may not be reattached by your dentist, but it is good to bring them in any case. Often a chipped tooth can be repaired right away using a filling material. Occasionally, the chip is so severe that a root canal must be performed before the tooth is restored. This can be determined after the exam and x-ray that is done by the dentist during the emergency visit.
What Happens if a Tooth Gets Dislodged or Moved Due to Trauma?
If your child’s teeth get dislodged because of trauma, apply a cold compress on the affected area to reduce swelling and bring the child to your dentist immediately. Successful reattachment usually happens within the first hour that the tooth is knocked out. Keep the tooth moist and safe on your way to the dentist by putting it in a cup of milk, or water with a pinch of salt.
Other Oral Emergencies
Soft oral tissues like the gums, cheeks, the tongue, and the lips, can also acquire injury and require emergency trauma care. When this happens, stop the bleeding by applying gentle pressure. Rinse your mouth with a salt water solution to disinfect, and then put ice over the affected area to reduce swelling. If the bleeding does not stop in 15 minutes, head on down to the emergency room for professional care.
You Can Count On Us!
At Children’s Dental FunZone, we advocate comfort and safety. We also provide a full range of pediatric dental services, including accessibility during dental emergencies.
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