Dental emergencies are overwhelming for anyone, but especially when they happen to a child. If your child experiences a sudden dental problem that causes pain, loss of oral function, or a severe aesthetic concern, knowing when and how to get them professional care is important. At Unique Kids, Dr. Roshan and her trusted team are prepared to treat your child’s dental emergency. Not only do we have the necessary skills and knowledge to manage difficult emergency situations, but we also strive to show compassion and understanding to each patient’s family as they endure the psychological burden and stress of seeing their child in an emergency dental situation. Here’s what you should know about emergency dental care for children and how Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry can help restore your child’s oral health should they have one.
Overview of Emergency Kid’s Dentistry
Emergency pediatric dentistry is any situation where immediate evaluation and intervention from a professional is required to manage bleeding, infection, discomfort, and/or pain in a child. While there are countless examples of emergency kid’s dentistry, some of the most common ones include:
- Broken Tooth
- Knocked-Out Tooth
- Chipped Tooth
- Mouth Injury or Trauma
- Severe Cold Sore/Canker Sore
- Severe Tooth Pain
- Lost Filling or Crown
- Sore Gums
- An Object Stuck in Teeth
If you need an emergency dentist for your child, it’s critical to seek treatment as soon as possible. Postponing treatment could lead to the situation progressing, causing them more pain or leading to additional problems, such as infection spreading.
What is Not a Dental Emergency?
While it’s essential to have medical emergencies in pediatric dentistry treated right away, it’s also important to be able to determine what is not considered a pediatric dental emergency. If your child has an oral health concern that could be managed at home or doesn’t require immediate treatment, it’s not considered a dental emergency. Examples of dental problems that aren’t emergencies are a chipped tooth or minor toothache.
On the other hand, some dental problems should be addressed in the ER, rather than the children’s emergency dental clinic. It is best to go straight to the ER after trauma that involves the head and neck to rule out the concussion and other serious types of injuries. Overall, this rule applies whenever the emergency involves severe infection or bleeding and soft tissue trauma.
How to Avoid a Dental Emergency
Many pediatric dental emergencies are unavoidable, but it’s still a good idea to take precautions to minimize your child’s risk of experiencing an oral health concern, such as:
- Practice good oral hygiene habits
- Visit the dental twice a year for routine check-ups and cleanings
- Where a mouth guard when playing contact sports
- Avoid chewing on hard objects, such as ice or pencils
How Can I Manage My Child’s Dental Pain?
If your child is in pain as a result of a dental emergency, it’s best to contact our office, so a knowledgeable member of our team can advise you on how to properly manage it before seeking emergency dental treatment for your child. Pain management varies and requires careful evaluation of the source and cause of pain. It may require surgical/operative or medicinal management, including over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Advil.
Unique Kids Can Treat Your Child’s Dental Emergency
At Unique Kids, we are proud to specialize in emergency pediatric dentistry services. Dr. Roshan has special training to manage the oral and dental emergencies in infants, children, and teenagers. These could range from dental and oral trauma to dental infections. Additionally, our team is trained to take care of dental emergencies in kids of all ages. No matter how busy our schedule is, we always create openings for same-day emergency kids dentistry appointments. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if your child experiences an emergency dental concern.