Responding To Common Dental Emergencies
When your child suddenly experiences pain in a tooth, or if one is cracked or chipped in a sports injury, then this means they need emergency dental care. In addition to seeing us for treatment, you can take actions to ease discomfort. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about responding to common dental emergencies.
If your child reports a toothache, then help them gently floss on each side of the tooth to dislodge any trapped objects. They should then rinse with warm water. If this fails to address the discomfort, then bring them in for a visit. If an object is caught between the teeth and floss fails to remove it, then don’t use anything else as you risk damaging the teeth or gums. Instead, schedule an emergency visit with our team.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
If your child chips a tooth, then try to recover any pieces to bring with you. If this isn’t possible, then don’t worry, we can still offer emergency treatment to address the damage. Your little one should rinse with warm water and use a cloth or gauze to control bleeding. A cold compress to the side of the face can also help by easing facial swelling. We can often repair the teeth in one visit with dental bonding. To help prevent damage in the future, make sure your child wears a mouthguard if playing sports or martial arts.
Knocked Out Teeth
If a tooth is knocked out, then pick it up by the crown, never touch the root. You can place it under gently running eater to remove dirt and foreign debris, but keep any tissues in place. The tooth should be placed in a sealed container of salt water or milk, and bright with you to the office. If there is no way to obtain these items, the tooth can be placed into the socket, with the child gently biting down to keep it in place until we can see them.
Loose or Lost Fillings and Crowns
What if a filling or dental crown is loose, or missing? In these scenarios, you should bring your child in for an emergency visit right away. In the meantime, avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks, or items high in sugar, as the tooth will be very vulnerable and sensitive.
If you have any questions about how to address serious dental situations with your children, then contact our team today.
Schedule a Visit With Your Dallas, TX, Pediatric Dentist for Treatment
If you want to find out more about our approach to emergency dentistry, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for your child, we invite you to contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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