Pediatric dental emergencies are fairly common. That does not mean that they aren’t scary. One of the worst things for a parent is to see their child in pain and distress. While it might be difficult, the first thing to do in the event of a dental emergency is to remain calm. If your child has suffered a pediatric emergency, Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry can help.
Toothaches are a common dental issue for children. If your child is complaining of a toothache, help them to rinse with warm water. Next, inspect their teeth to see if there is any food stuck between them. Look for swelling in the gums and check to see if the tooth is damaged in any way. You can give your child an ice pack wrapped in a towel to hold against the affected area to limit swelling and alleviate pain. Call the office to schedule an appointment.
Cracks can happen in the crown or the root of the tooth. They can happen because your child gets injured while playing sports, they fell, or because they bit down on something too hard. While crown fractures can be seen, root fractures cannot. Call and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We will be able to assess the extent of the damage and determine the best course of treatment.
Sometimes, facial trauma can force a tooth into the socket or knock it partially out of place. Do not attempt to move the tooth yourself, and encourage your child not to touch it either. Have them rinse with warm water. You can give your child an ice pack or pain reliever if they are complaining of pain. When you bring your child in, we will be able to reset the tooth and provide the necessary treatment.
Losing a Baby Tooth
Baby teeth are meant to fall out. However, if they don’t fall out, the eruption of the adult teeth can be affected. The adult teeth may not be able to erupt properly, or they may come in crooked. If your child loses a baby tooth before the adult tooth underneath is ready, we can provide your child with a space maintainer. This will help to hold the empty space until the adult tooth is ready.
Losing a Permanent Tooth
Permanent teeth that get knocked out can sometimes be saved if you act quickly. Find the tooth, run it under cool water to remove dirt and debris, and store it in milk or salt water. We may be able to replant the permanent tooth. If the tooth is beyond saving, we can provide your child with a suitable replacement.
Bitten Lip, Cheek, or Tongue
Biting a lip, cheek, or tongue can cause a significant amount of bleeding. These injuries, however, are rarely dangerous. Using clean gauze, apply pressure to the wound to help stop the bleeding. If your child is in pain, an ice pack can be helpful. If the bleeding is uncontrollable, proceed to the emergency room.
When to Visit the ER
In some cases, it is best to go straight to the emergency room. One such situation is if you suspect that your child has broken their jaw. Make sure that your child does not move their jaw during this time. You should also go straight to the emergency room if your child has suffered a head injury or concussion.
Remaining calm and knowing what to do in the event of a pediatric emergency is crucial for helping your child remain calm and protecting the health of their mouth. For more information, call Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry at 406-224-4272 today.