Children are more at risk for dental emergencies because their mouths are still developing. A child’s teeth erupt between the ages of 6 and 12. Typically, children’s baby teeth fall out between the ages of 10 and 12. It’s important to monitor your child’s oral health.
A dental emergency is any complication that results in pain or discomfort or has the potential to cause lasting damage. If your child is experiencing dental pain, you should call your dentist immediately.
A dental emergency may include:
If your young child has a tooth that is broken, you should call your dentist immediately. While a chipped tooth may not sound serious, it can be. Broken teeth can be painful and bleed when your child puts pressure on them. Your child may also experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should call your dentist immediately.
If your child’s tooth is broken, your dentist will first examine the tooth and remove any debris or dirt. If the tooth is loose, your dentist will gently remove it to avoid further damage. The dentist will then splint the empty space with a dental restoration, such as a dental crown.
A cut or bitten tongue can be painful and quite frightening for a young child. Fortunately, these injuries are relatively common and are easily treated.
If a baby or child has bitten his or her tongue or cheek, clean the area and apply a cold compress. If bleeding persists, take the child to the nearest emergency room. For older children, bite on the gauze until the bleeding stops. Children should drink plenty of water and avoid hot liquids until the wound has healed.
Toothaches are common, especially in children. Additionally, applying a cold compress to the outside of the cheek can help ease the pain.
If your child’s toothache does not subside after rinsing, applying a cold compress, and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
If your child knocks out a baby tooth, it’s important to see the dentist right away. The tooth should not be put back in because of the risk of damaging the permanent tooth underneath.
The dentist will examine your child’s teeth to make sure there’s no damage to the permanent tooth underneath. If the tooth is undamaged, the dentist may put gauze in the socket to protect the tooth. The tooth may be splinted to keep it in place.
The dentist may also want to x-ray your child’s teeth to make sure there’s no damage.
A tooth abscess is a serious dental emergency that occurs when a tooth is infected and dying. Because these infections can spread quickly, it’s important to see a dentist right away if you suspect your child has a tooth abscess.
Schedule an appointment with Modesto Kidz Dental to make sure your child is in optimal dental health. We are at Bldg B, 2801 Coffee Rd, Modesto, CA 95355. Contact us at (209) 578-3131 or visit our website for more information.