No matter how much work you put into teaching your child good dental hygiene and preventive care practices, you can’t predict when an emergency may occur. For children especially, dental emergencies can be very disconcerting. On top of the discomfort your child may feel, the surprise of it can add to their anxiety and make the situation much more stressful. Fortunately, helping your child get through a dental emergency is easier if you don’t panic, and know what steps to take next.
Find out what kind of emergency it is
A dental emergency can mean many different things, and the consequences can vary depending on the specific condition. For example, your child may experience accidental trauma that damages a tooth, knocks it loose, or completely dislodges it from its root socket. The next steps you take should be determined by your child’s specific emergency, but should typically include:
- Have your child rinse carefully with warm water
- Use floss if something is lodged between two teeth, but not too forcefully
- Staunch any bleeding by having your child bite gently on moist, clean gauze
- Collect any broken fractures, or the whole tooth, rinse carefully, and bring it to your child’s emergency appointment
Scheduling treatment as soon as possible
Once you have the situation somewhat under control, it’s important to schedule an emergency visit as soon as possible. Most forms of dental emergencies are considered emergencies because they pose a serious and immediate threat to your child’s oral health. Whether it’s damage to a tooth, severe discomfort due to an underlying oral health issue, or more, prompt treatment can help minimize the negative impacts to your child’s overall oral health.
What emergency treatment might entail
Because dental emergencies can cover a broad spectrum of conditions, emergency dental treatment for your child will be highly customized to meet their unique needs. At our office, we emphasize conservative, minimally invasive treatment to help restore kids’ smiles while also preserving a maximum amount of their healthy, natural tooth structure. To accomplish this, we can custom-design a variety of restorations, including tooth-colored fillings and biocompatible dental crowns, that are designed specifically for your child’s tooth. The sooner a restoration is placed, the better we can protect your child’s tooth and oral health from further complications.
Call us if your child has a dental emergency
Dental emergencies can be scary for children, but with a calm attitude and the right emergency care, you can help yours get through it a lot easier. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.