It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible if your child is experiencing a dental emergency. If you postpone your child’s dental emergency, this could lead to further complications and far more extensive treatment. The easiest way to tell if your child is suffering from a dental emergency and needs to see a children’s dentist right away is if they are suffering from intense oral pain. Below are a few urgent dental situations and tips on how to handle the dental emergency before contacting your children’s dentist.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
If your child has chipped his tooth, have him rinse his mouth with water and apply a cold compress to help reduce the swelling. If you can, save the tooth fragment that broke off and call your children’s dentist immediately to have the tooth fixed.
A broken jaw can be incredibly painful and if this happens to your child, he needs to see a dentist right away. In the meantime, use a cold compress to reduce swelling and call our emergency number or go to the hospital immediately. Since most broken jaws are a result of a heavy blow to the head, immediate care is necessary as head injuries can be life-threatening.
A toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies. Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water and check their teeth to make sure nothing is caught in between them. If the pain continues, a cold compress can be used to reduce the pain and swelling. Your child can take a child’s pain reliever to help with the pain while you schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
If you act quickly after your child’s tooth is knocked out, it’s possible to save the tooth. First, find the tooth, rinse with water (no soap) and touch the tooth only on the crown, not the root. If you can, place the tooth back in the socket and have your child hold the tooth in place. If your child is too young, and you’re worried about the tooth being swallowed, place the tooth in a clean container and add milk. Milk contains proteins that hold a constant acid-to-alkaline ratio as well as sugars to keep the tooth’s cells growing. Call your children’s dentist right away so they can help save your child’s missing tooth.
Object Caught in Teeth
If your child has something stuck in their teeth that is causing pain, try using dental floss to gently remove the object. Sharp tools should never be used as this can only cause further damage. If the object remains stuck, call your children’s dentist so they can safely remove the painful object.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
A bitten lip or tongue can be quite painful and cause a lot of bleeding. Clean the bite gently with water and apply a cold compress firmly against the bite to reduce swelling. Give your pediatric dentist a call to better determine how serious the bite is and if you need to schedule an immediate appointment.
Contact Your Children’s Dentist ASAP
At Nia Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we know it can be scary when your child has a dental emergency. The best way to handle your child’s emergency is to remain calm, follow the steps above, and give us a call at 770-479-9999 so we can handle your child’s emergency quickly and efficiently.