Does Your Does Your Child Need Emergency Dentistry? Part One

Emergency situations are never fun, particularly as a parent. It’s hard to see your child suffering, regardless of the cause or situation. Fortunately when it comes to dental emergencies, there are often some simple steps you can take to help care for your child and keep him or her calm. You can also increase the likelihood of a positive dental visit, by simply knowing what to do in case of a dental emergency. While you should certainly call 9-1-1 for extremely serious or threatening medical situations, many dental problems can be best addressed by an emergency visit to the pediatric dentist.

What Can You Do to Best Care for Your Child?

Whether your child has damaged a tooth, had one dislodged, or is in pain due to an infection, bad cavity, or some other undiagnosed dental issue, in many cases the best course of action is to schedule an emergency dental visit with the pediatric dentist. Many dentists offer extended hours to deal with just such emergencies, so check their website or call to learn your options.

Keep in mind that you should schedule a visit to the emergency room, or call 9-1-1 if there is excessive bleeding after a trauma to the mouth or if your child could be suffering from a severe oral infection, which could lead to a systemic infection. If possible, call your dentist in this situation, for advice about how to proceed.

Of course, one of the most important things you can do is simply remain calm, so that you don’t cause your child more stress or panic. If your kid has a favorite toy or blanket that generally brings comfort, invite him or her to bring that to the appointment.

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