Reasons to Visit a Dentist for Kids with an Emergency

October 10, 2016
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Dentist for KidsDid you know that as a Pediatric Dentistry Tips for the Winter Months, one of the most common reasons we find parents bringing their children into our office is because the child has suffered a dental emergency? We highly recommend that you have a long-standing relationship with our office before you have a need to bring in your child with a painful emergency. Children do have an uncanny ability to knock out their teeth, damaging their enamel or gums, and a variety of different things that require them to see a dentist in an emergency situation.

Whether it is bouncing on the trampoline, diving into the pool, playing softball, or finding a way to stop the soccer ball with their face, your children are probably going to need to see a dentist for kids with an emergency at least once during the time they are in your care. It is important in this circumstance that you know how to get a hold of our office so that you are not frantically having to look through your purse, wallet, contacts lists, or Googling us to find us.

Don't Panic - We Can Help

When a child has a dental emergency, the parents tend to go into panic mode far more severely than the children do. What is needed in a situation like this is a calm action that helps your child prevent the bleeding and bringing them in to see the dentist as soon as possible. 

Common Types of Dental Emergencies

#1 Toothaches

As a dentist for kids, one of the most common problems that bring children of all ages in is a serious toothache. Toothaches are extremely common among children of all ages and do not occur without some underlying cause.  Some of the common reasons why a child might be having a toothache and need to come in to see a dentist for children include tooth fractures, trauma to the tooth, decay and caries, the eruption of wisdom teeth, or they have been involved in some kind of accident that will require emergency care.

In the event that your child is having a serious toothache, one that will not let up after some time, you need to cleanse the area with warm water, check for impacted food and remove it as necessary with dental floss or a toothbrush, apply a cold compress to the affected area if you start to see any swelling, and contact our office as soon as possible.

#2 Broken Crowns and Dental Avulsion 

Another problem that brings children in to see a dentist for kids, in an emergency type situation, is having a broken crown or a dental avulsion.  The crown is the part of the tooth that is visible above the gum line and hence is most likely to be damaged or broken in an accident. If the crown has been broken or damaged because of dental trauma,  you need to place a cold moist compress on the affected area, give your child pain medication such as Tylenol, and get them in to see a dentist for children immediately. If your child has had a dental avulsion, meaning that the tooth has been completely knocked out, you need to rinse the child's mouth out with cold water, place a cold compress on the site, give them pain relief medication like Tylenol, and bring them in to see the dentist for kids immediately.

Call for Help

If your child is in need of regular or emergency dental care, call us. We would be happy to treat them.