Dental emergencies are not uncommon, particularly when your child is a toddler or a pre-teen.
Injuries to the mouth and teeth often occur when your child is a toddler, and is beginning to walk and explore their environment. Dental emergencies also occur during the early teen years, when your kids are starting to get involved in sports.
Some dental emergencies include:
A displaced tooth is when the tooth is still in its socket, but has moved out of position.
In this situation, have your child rinse his or her mouth with cold water and place ice packs around any areas that are swelling. Take children’s Tylenol or Motrin to reduce any pain. Lastly, contact your pediatric dentist.
Broken or Chipped Tooth:
If your child has a broken or chipped tooth, it’s important to remain calm. If your child is not in pain and if there is no bleeding from the tooth, then your child can be seen within a few days.
Contact your pediatric dentist immediately if you notice any of the following:
– Loose or displaced tooth
– The tooth has broken more than 2mm
– Bleeding from the tooth
Most importantly, if your child is in pain, then please contact us as soon as possible.
Otherwise known as a knocked-out tooth, this can happen when there is some kind of impact to the face or mouth area. If this occurs, please contact us immediately.
If it is a baby tooth that was knocked out, do not re-insert the tooth.
For a permanent tooth, follow these steps:
- Pick up the affected tooth gently by the crown (not the root)
- Carefully rinse the tooth with a saline solution and keep it moist. If you do not have saline, you can also place the tooth in cold milk.
- If your child is older, gently reinsert the tooth into its original socket
- Contact your pediatric dentist immediately.