Kids will be kids. Sometimes that means getting themselves into emergency situations. If you suspect that your child is in need of emergency oral care, contact us immediately. Our professional staff is well-experienced in handling all sorts of sticky situations that your child may find him or herself in.
Toothaches might happen all the time, but they don’t happen without reason. A toothache can be a warning sign of a serious issue. Toothaches may indicate a tooth fracture, tooth decay, or some type of tooth trauma. If you child is experiencing pain, inspect the area for impacted food, clean the area with warm water, and if there’s swelling apply a cold compress. Persistent toothaches should be brought in to be checked out by a proper dentist to solve before they develop into rotting teeth.
Knocked Out Tooth
A knocked out tooth is serious, and time is a critical factor. While our dentist will probably not try to re-implant a baby tooth, an adult tooth can be saved and re-implanted if you reach us in time. The chances of a reimplantation being successful increase the sooner you can get to our office. When picking up and transporting a recently knocked out tooth, it is best to handle the tooth by the crown and avoid contact with the root. Gently rinse the tooth off and don’t wipe it off, but place it in a glass of water or milk and transport it to the dentist as soon as possible
Dental Intrusion (tooth pushed into jawbone)
This is a trauma where a tooth is pushed up into the jawbone. Sometimes our dentist will instruct you to just wait for the tooth to descend naturally. Other times, a root canal may be necessary to preserve the structure of the tooth.
Broken Tooth (Crown Fracture)
The crown is the white part of the tooth that is visible. This is usually the part of the tooth that gets damaged when there’s a trauma. A break can be obvious, or not so obvious. If you notice any change in color, (for example, a change to a pinkish or yellowish color), this could be a warning sign that damage has occurred. The only way to know for sure is by having one of our dentists take x-rays of the area. Minor crown fractures can be addressed with a dental sealant. More severe fractures may require a pulp treatment or root canal.
Root fractures aren’t as obvious as crown fractures. The only way to confirm that your child has sustained a root fracture is with x-rays. Treatment for root fractures depends on the nature of the fracture and your child’s level of discomfort. The tooth can be monitored, treated, or, in worst-case scenarios, extracted.
If you suspect your child has damaged his or her teeth, get in touch with us right away. Our skilled dentists have seen it all, and we’ll do whatever it takes to restore your child’s smile. Depending on how much pain your child is experiencing before you make it to our clinic, you may want to consider giving her or him a child-approved painkiller.