For the most part, kids and adults will experience similar dental emergencies. Toothaches, for example, can occur in kids if they have a deep cavity that may have caused a tooth infection. A toothache that lasts 1-2 days or longer and causes your child serious discomfort is an emergency, and requires immediate care.
Premature tooth loss is also a major concern. If your child falls down or is in an accident, they may knock out a baby tooth early, before it’s supposed to fall out. They will need treatment with a space maintainer to ensure their teeth do not shift, and that their adult teeth emerge properly.
Broken and damaged teeth due to oral injuries are also common in kids. Usually, damaged baby or permanent teeth will need endodontic treatment, such as root canal therapy, along with a dental crown to restore the shape and function of the tooth.
In older kids, pulled-out dental work can also be a concern. If your child has a crown or filling that falls out, it needs to be replaced right away to prevent further damage and decay to the exposed tooth structure, so you should call Green Leaf Dental right away.
If your child has lost a tooth or dental work, recover it. You can grab the tooth by the crown (top), and put it in cold milk. This keeps the tooth moist until it can be replaced. Lost dental work can be put in a plastic baggie, and brought into your child’s appointment.
Next, call Green Leaf Dental right away to schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Yoni or Dr. Bean. Some emergencies, like a knocked-out adult tooth, must be treated within 1-2 hours to save the tooth.
Until your appointment at our office, you can take steps to keep your child comfortable. Blood, if present, can be absorbed with clean cotton balls, gauze, or paper towels. Apply gentle pressure to the area to stop bleeding.
You can also give your child a pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to keep them feeling comfortable. Applying an ice pack to their cheek can also help with pain, discomfort, and swelling.
These are all temporary treatments, so don’t waste any time. You need to come to our office as soon as you can to get the emergency dental care that your child needs from Dr. Yoni and Dr. Bean.
A dental emergency can be very traumatic and scary for your child, and they may panic and feel very scared. Do your best to remain calm and stay positive, and talk them through the situation.
Remind them that they will get care from Dr. Yoni and Dr. Bean very soon, and that they will feel a lot better once they’ve been treated. Use a soothing voice, hug your child, and only use reassuring language and actions. If you can stay positive and calm, your child will feel a lot better about their situation.