How To Respond To Your Child’s Dental Emergency
When a dental emergency happens, this could cause discomfort and scare your little one. Lack of treatment could also leave little smiles vulnerable to tooth decay and infection. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about how to respond to your child’s dental emergency!
What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is essentially any damage or injury to the teeth or gums that isn’t life threatening, but still needs to be addressed quickly. For example, this could mean a tooth that is cracked or chipped, or one that is knocked loose or out completely. A damaged oral appliance, or loose/lost dental fillings and crowns are also cause for a visit. Sudden discomfort or an object caught between your teeth could also be a reason to see us. Simply give our office a call, even if the issue happens outside of normal business hours. We will arrange a time to see your child quickly.
Easing Your Child’s Fear and Pain
After you make this call, or just before, you can take steps to help ease your child’s initial discomfort. If a tooth is damaged try to recover any pieces and bring them with you. But the tooth can be repaired even if this is impossible. If a tooth is knocked out, bring it with you in a glass of milk or salt water. You can respond to an injury by having your children with warm water, and giving them an over-the-counter pain reliever. You can use a cold compress against the side of the face to ease swelling, and a cloth or gauze to stem any bleeding. For toothaches and objects caught between teeth, gently rinse with water and floss on either side of the tooth. If a restoration is compromised, help your child avoid very sugary, or hot or cold, foods and drains, as the exposed tooth is quite sensitive.
Treatment From Our Team
Our team can offer dental fillings and even crowns to repair a tooth. For minor damage, using tooth bonding and contouring could also provide repair, and in one visit as well! We can replace any missing or compromised crowns and fillings too. We have treatments to restore your little one’s smile to optimal health and function, and address esthetics too. After all, we want our little patients to smile with confidence and enjoy good oral health for years to come. If you have any questions, then please give us a call today!
Your Dallas, TX, Pediatric Dentist Offers Emergency Dentistry
Our team wants to prevent the onset of discomfort and poor oral health. If you would like to learn more about how to respond to your child’s emergency situation, then contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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