Pediatric Dental Emergencies
Pediatric dental emergencies happen. Children run and play and live life, exploring everything they can about the world. Sometimes those learning experiences become accidents that affect the mouth and teeth. Here at Champagne Pediatric Dentistry, we will ensure that your child receives competent and timely emergency dental care. Our goal is for you to rest easy knowing that your questions and concerns have been answered, and that your child is ready to return to their exploration.
Here is an overview of what constitutes a chipped tooth and the steps your doctor will take to rule out potential additional injury, and the importance of seeking treatment to restore the tooth’s appearance and function.
Learn what a fractured tooth is and the potential complications that can arise from it, as well as the importance of consulting your doctor to properly diagnose and preserve the tooth.
Learn about a complicated tooth fracture and the potential complications that can arise from it, as well as the importance of consulting your doctor to properly diagnose and preserve the tooth.
Here is what happens when a tooth is avulsed, or “knocked out,” the steps your doctor will take to rule out potential additional injury, and the importance of seeking immediate treatment to improve chances of preserving the tooth.
How to Treat Common Dental Emergencies
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
Broken Braces and Wires
Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. DO NOT REMOVE any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue and see a dentist immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.
Broken Permanent Tooth
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
If possible, find the tooth and hold it by the crown rather than the root. Replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, try to keep it moist. Place the tooth in a clean container with a “Save a Tooth kit made from (in order of preference):
- Egg white
- Saliva or water
Take your child and the container immediately to the pediatric dentist. The faster you act, the better your chances are of saving the tooth. Knocked out baby teeth cannot be replaced. Trying to replace the tooth can cause further injury to the jaw.
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel. Go immediately to an emergency room.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. Sores can last up to 14 days and go away by themselves.