Dental emergencies aren’t age-specific, and many of the same problems that might unexpectedly affect your oral health might also become problems for children. Fortunately, addressing your child’s dental emergency isn’t necessarily more complicated. Depending on the specific concern, we can personalize the right emergency dental treatment to help alleviate their discomfort and restore their healthy smiles. Today, we examine a few common types of treatments that can address many of the kinds of emergencies children might experience.
Crowning a worn down or damaged tooth
Your child’s tooth structure is strong, but it’s still developing. When an adult tooth becomes damaged, restoring it as soon as possible is important to fixing the tooth and stopping it from becoming more damaged. The same is true with your child’s damaged tooth. However, treatment has to account for the fact that the tooth and dental ridges are still growing and developing. Crowning the tooth may be an excellent solution for restoring and protecting your child’s tooth, though it may need to be adjusted as your child’s smile continues to develop.
Pulpotomy to treat internal tooth decay
When tooth decay strikes your child’s tooth, detecting it and treating it early often means filling the cavity with a biocompatible filling. However, severe tooth decay involves the infection in your child’s tooth reaching the tooth’s nerves and tissues, which rest inside of the tooth’s pulp chamber and root canal. Children’s teeth are smaller than adult teeth, and performing root canal treatment isn’t always a viable option. However, with a more minimized version of the procedure, known as pulpotomy, we can help save your child’s tooth and oral health from the threat of internal tooth decay.
Extracting a tooth that’s beyond saving
Not all tooth problems can be solved, which is why some adult teeth need to be extracted in order to fully restore some smiles. Children who still have primary (or baby) teeth will eventually lose them to make way for their permanent teeth. Yet, they only fall out when they’re ready, and when the permanent tooth structure underneath it is ready to erupt. If the tooth becomes severely damaged before this occurs, extracting the tooth might be necessary. However, we’ll take steps to ensure that the extraction doesn’t negatively impact the growth and development of your child’s permanent smile.
Schedule an emergency dental visit for your child
If your child experiences a dental emergency, seeking the right treatment as soon as possible is vital to helping them avoid more extensive complications. 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.