Pediatric Dental Emergencies What To Do?


Posted on 6/6/2022 by Dr. Nick Raptou
Pediatric Dental Emergencies What To Do?No one ever wants to deal with a dental emergency, but unfortunately, it can happen. If your child experiences a dental emergency, it's essential to know what to do and how to get help. Parents should be aware of a few different types of pediatric dental emergencies. These include:

Toothaches


A toothache is one of the most common dental emergencies that can affect children. While the cause of the pain may vary, it is often the result of a cavity or an infection. If left untreated, a toothache can lead to severe damage to the teeth and gums. In some cases, it may even require a root canal. If your child is experiencing a toothache, it is essential to seek professional dental care as soon as possible. A qualified dentist will be able to identify the source of the pain and provide treatment that can help to relieve the discomfort and prevent further damage.

Broken Teeth


This can happen when a child falls or is hit in the mouth. A broken tooth can be a frightening experience for both child and parent. However, it is important to stay calm and take steps to ensure that your child receives the proper care. If the break is severe, contact your dentist or local hospital immediately. Otherwise, gently rinse the area with warm water and place a cold compress on the cheek to reduce swelling. You can also give your child a pain reliever if necessary. If possible, find the broken piece of tooth and bring it with you to the dentist. A broken tooth can be repaired with a filling or crown in most cases. 

Tooth Displacement


When a primary tooth is pushed up or out of its socket by trauma, it is referred to as a “displaced” primary tooth. In some cases, the tooth may only be lightly pushed and will eventually return to its original position on its own. However, in other cases, the tooth may be more severely displaced and require treatment by a dentist. Depending on the severity of the displacement, the dentist may recommend stabilizing the tooth with wire or bonding material or extracting the tooth if it cannot be saved. For more information, call our dental office today.

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