Dental emergencies should always be taken seriously the moment they occur, especially if they happen to your child. Our dentists at All About Kids Dentistry have the expertise to get your child out of discomfort and will also do everything they can to see them the same day that you contact us. Keep in mind that both permanent and baby teeth damaged by decay or physical injury deserve immediate attention, so don’t hesitate to give us a call for comfort and effective emergency pediatric dental services.
Dental emergencies generally occur as a result of poor oral hygiene, leaving teeth either decayed or infected. However, active children may also experience a bad fall or sporting injury, causing their tooth to become cracked or dislodged. Whether your child has a toothache, a cracked or knocked-out tooth, or a damaged restoration, give us a call as soon as possible. The sooner you call, the sooner you’ll be able to get them seen. Until you arrive, here’s what you can do to improve their comfort now.
Make sure there’s no food caught in between their teeth by flossing around the tooth. You can also have them wash their mouth out vigorously with salt water. If discomfort continues, give them a suitable painkiller for children, such as ibuprofen. Call our office and we’ll perform an exam to determine the cause of their dental discomfort.
Collect any pieces of the tooth that you can and have them rinse their mouth out with warm water to remove any dirt or debris from their tooth. Wrap a towel around a cold compress and apply it to the cheek to reduce facial swelling.
If a baby tooth is knocked out prematurely, do not put it back into the open socket. This can damage the permanent tooth that has yet to erupt. Instead, call our office so their smile can be examined for potential damage to their remaining teeth, jaw, or oral tissue.
Find the tooth and gently rinse off any dirt or debris that may still be attached. Do not touch the root or remove any tissue attached to it. Holding by the crown, place the tooth back into the open socket and have your child gently bite down to keep it preserved. You can also contain it in milk for up to one hour. Get to our office within the hour to improve chances of reimplantation.
If your child loses a dental filling, call our office and we’ll get them seen as soon as possible to have it replaced. If their crown comes loose and you still have it, you can temporarily reattach it using dental cement, denture adhesive, or sugar-free chewing gum as a last resort. While the crown will likely need to be replaced, this temporarily solution is ideal if their tooth is sharp or jagged.
Whether your child suffers a bad fall, physical injury, or dental infection, there are ways to reduce their risk of experiencing these common dental emergencies. For example, you should always:
Once you bring your child in for their emergency appointment, we’ll be better able to confirm the cost of treatment. Without an exam, we won’t know for sure what kind of service your child needs. For example, a toothache could be a simple cavity that needs a filling or a sign of an underlying infection that needs pulp therapy and a crown. Both of these treatments come with their own unique costs. With that said, we’ll do everything we can to create a plan that’s within your budget. If needed, third-party financing can also help you cover costs.