When it comes to children, dental emergencies tend to happen without advanced warning. To accommodate your family when a dental emergency arises, we allow time in our daily schedule for treating emergency cases. This way, we can ensure that your child is seen in a timely manner.
Common problems that may warrant requesting an emergency appointment include:
- Knocked out tooth (baby or permanent)
- Chipped/broken tooth
- Sports injuries
We understand that emergencies can be scary. There may be blood, swelling, pain, frightened children and also frightened parents. That’s why we’ll help you to get through an emergency situation by coaching you over the phone and getting you in to see the dentist as soon as possible.
Even a short period of time can feel like an emergency when your child is suffering with an unexpected dental problem, so here are a few pointers for handling the situation until you can see the dentist.
- If a tooth is knocked out (especially a permanent tooth) rinse it gently if possible and try placing it back into the socket. If it cannot be replaced, place it in a cup of milk until you arrive at the dentist’s office.
- Control bleeding by applying moderate pressure with a clean damp gauze. In a pinch, a wet tea bag can also be used to stop bleeding.
- Soothe a cut or an irritation in the mouth by having your child rinse with a mild saltwater solution and then spit it out. Sometimes a small amount of blood can mix with the saliva to look more severe and frightening than it really is. Rinsing and spitting will soothe the mouth and flush away the excess blood to reveal the true extent of the trauma.
- Distract the patient. Try distracting your child in the moments after an accident to refocus their attention and help them to settle down. This can help to reduce the stress and anxiety of the situation until you see the dentist.
Every emergency dental situation is unique, and that’s exactly how we’ll treat it. For more information regarding dental emergencies, please contact our office today.