No parent ever wants to see his or her child in pain. However, pediatric dental emergencies can sometimes occur. Emergency dental care does not have to mean emergency room care. Active children like to run and play, but that also means they can fall and hurt themselves. Mouth injuries can be a common result of these mishaps, so having some basic knowledge of emergency dental care for kids can help you prevent tooth loss and other problems.
Two common pediatric dental emergencies:
Toothaches: These are common in children of all ages and rarely occur without cause. Some common causes of toothache include: tooth fractures, tooth decay, tooth trauma, and wisdom teeth eruption in adolescence. There are some basic steps you can take to help your child. First, clean the area using warm water. Do not medicate or warm the affected tooth or adjacent gum area. Check for impacted food and remove it as necessary using a clean finger, dental floss or a toothbrush. Apply a cold compress to the affected area to reduce swelling. Finally, contact your dental office to seek advice or make an appointment.
Knocked Out Tooth: If a tooth has been knocked out of the child’s mouth completely, it is important to contact your dentist immediately because time is an important factor in saving and the re-implantation of a tooth. In general, dentists do not attempt to re-implant avulsed primary (baby) teeth, because the re-implantation procedure itself can cause damage to the tooth bud, and thereby damage the emerging permanent tooth. The re-implantation procedure is almost always more successful if it is performed within one hour of the avulsion.