Kids are active, energetic, and full of life. That is one reason we love being around them so much. However, while that fun-loving energy is a joy to watch, it can also put your children at greater risk of accidents and injuries such as knocked-out teeth. Fortunately, the compassionate staff here at Pediatric Dental Group can take care of your dental emergency needs. We go out of our way to make sure you have a place to bring your child when he or she experiences a knocked-out tooth or another serious dental issue.
What Qualifies as a Dental Emergency?
Not every dental situation qualifies as an emergency. However, any oral health problem that requires immediate treatment to save a tooth, alleviate intense pain, or stop bleeding is classified as an emergency. In fact, if a dental situation causes so much blood loss that it is life-threatening, it’s imperative to call 911 or get to an emergency room as quickly as possible.
Even if the child’s life is not threatened by the dental issue, these situations can qualify as dental emergencies:
• Knocked-out tooth
• Severe toothache
• Cracked or broken tooth
• Missing or loose temporary crown
• Severe jaw pain
These can all be good reasons to schedule a dental emergency appointment with us as soon as you can. We will do everything we can to see your child and recommend treatment as soon as possible.
How To Handle a Knocked-Out Tooth
If your child gets one of his or her teeth knocked out, there are a few things you should do right away to minimize bleeding and reduce the chance of infection. First, pick up the tooth (taking care to only touch the crown and not the fleshy part inside). Remove debris or dirt from the tooth using water or milk.
If your child will allow you to do so, try to push the tooth back into the socket. This helps cover any sensitive exposed nerves that could cause pain when exposed to air or liquid. After pushing the tooth back into the socket, place a lukewarm washcloth or piece of gauze on the tooth and have your child bite down on it. This helps keep the tooth in place.
Once you take care of your child’s immediate injury, give us a call as soon as you can. We will help you set up a dental emergency appointment so your child can get the prompt treatment he or she needs.
If you have any other questions about dealing with a knocked-out tooth or other dental issue with your child, do not hesitate to contact us. When you get treatment right away, you increase the chance of saving the tooth.