Pediatric Emergency Dental Care
Emergencies happen often in children. When it happens to your child, you want to ensure that your child is well taken care of. It’s important to remember to remain calm. If a tooth falls out, locate the tooth and pick it up by the chewing surface, being careful not to touch the root.
During a pediatric dental emergency, If the tooth is knocked out, you should attempt to reinsert it into your child’s mouth into the empty socket. If you are able to reinsert it, have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean piece of cloth or gauze and go directly to you pediatric dentist. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take it and your child immediately to your pediatric dentist’s office.
A chipped or broken tooth requires immediate dental attention. This is a serious pediatric dental emergency because once a tooth has become chipped or broken, bacteria can enter the tooth’s pulp or nerve and cause an infection, which can lead to having a Baby Root Canal. It is important for a pediatric dentist to evaluate the damage and seal the enamel to keep bacteria out. If you are able to locate the piece of broken tooth, put it in a glass of milk and bring it with you to your pediatric dentist. In some cases, the broken piece can be reattached in the office.
During a pediatric dental emergency, when there is bleeding and swelling, apply pressure to the area to stop the bleeding. You can also apply a cold compress (or a Popsicle) to the area to reduce the swelling. Call your pediatric dentist right away. Give your child an appropriate dose of Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen.
Although it may not seem like a pediatric dental emergency, If your child is complaining of a toothache and you notice any swelling, apply a cold compress directly to the affected area. Give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen for any pain or discomfort. Even if the pain subsides, it is important to visit your pediatric dentist as soon as possible to rule out any problems. Call your pediatric dentist right away to schedule an appointment.