Wesley D. Powell, DDS, MS, PC
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
2244 Henderson Mill Road Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30345 [map]
As a parent, it can be terrifying when your child gets hurt. Dental emergencies are surprisingly common for many kids and teens. Here are some of the most common injuries that require emergency dental care and a few tips on what to do when they happen.
Even children can get toothaches, and if your child is in pain due to a cavity or infection, they need help as soon as possible. To stop the pain, you may want to try a dose of ibuprofen along with an ice pack for the side of the face closest to the pain. On top of that, you should make an appointment for emergency dental care as soon as possible.
Knocked Out Tooth
Sometimes the most fun activities end with a lot of pain. If your child has been playing sports, riding their scooter or skateboard, or doing any other activity that resulted in them falling and knocking out a tooth, they need emergency care as soon as possible.
Find the tooth and quickly rinse it to remove any dirt or debris. If possible, put the tooth back in the socket. Otherwise, put it in a small container of whole milk, water with a little salt , or Hank’s Save a Tooth if you have access to this. Don't let the tooth dry out—that can make it impossible to replace. When you contact the emergency dentist, let them know that your child has knocked out a tooth and bring it with you to your appointment.
Lost Fillings or Crowns
Crowns and fillings can also become detached. This can happen alongside an injury as explained above, but it tends to happen when children are eating sticky foods like toffee or candies like StarBursts or AirHeads. This can be painful because the missing crown or filling may expose the nerve. To alleviate some of the pain and clean the area, have your child rinse with warm saltwater.
See if you can find the crown as it may be possible for the dentist to reattach it. Then, contact our office or a dentist who offers emergency dental care as soon as possible. The dentist should be able to quickly clean the area and put in a new filling. If you haven't found the crown, the dentist can put a temporary one on your child's tooth until a permanent one is ready.
Injuries to the Inside of Cheeks or Gums
Emergency dental care isn't just for teeth. Your child's gums and the insides of their cheeks are also an important part of their mouth. If your child has fallen, gotten hit by a baseball bat, or suffered a similar type of injury to the mouth, there may be a cut in their gums or on the inside of their cheeks. These types of injuries can bleed a lot so don't be alarmed if you see an inordinate amount of blood. You can use gauze to soak up some of it. However, if the injury doesn't stop bleeding for 15 minutes, that's a sign that you need to call for help.
Is your child suffering from one of the above issues? Is your child having another type of dental emergency? We can help. Contact Dentistry for Children and Teens for emergency dental care today.
Dr. Powell is a pediatric , specializing in the treatment on of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of children. Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents and those with special healthcare needs.
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