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 may 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. Sometimes, 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. It is important to have your child evaluated, even if everything looks fine on the outside, because there can sometimes be damage that is only detected on an x-ray or dentist exam.
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 our children dentists in Seattle right away to schedule an emergency appointment. Some emergencies, like a knocked-out adult tooth, must be treated within 1-2 hours to save the tooth. The faster the better!
Until your appointment at our office, you can take steps to keep your child comfortable. Blood, if present, can be absorbed with clean, damp cotton balls, gauze, or paper towels. Apply gentle pressure to the area to stop bleeding and help your child hold this in place until their appointment. The pressure is the key to slowing the 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.
A dental emergency can be scary for your child, and they may feel very anxious. Do your best to remain calm and stay positive, and talk them through the situation. You can feel good knowing that they will receive treatment from experts.
Remind your child that he or she will get care from Dr. Yoni 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.