CHILDREN'S DENTAL EMERGENCIES AND HOW TO HANDLE THEM
Even minor emergencies, especially dental trauma, should be evaluated by a dentist.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
This is THE MOST time sensitive emergency. Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. The tooth should be replaced in the dental socket as soon as possible. If it cannot be reimplanted it should be placed in milk. Call us immediately! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
The soft tissues inside the mouth tend to heal very quickly. If there is bleeding applying firm but gentle pressure with a clean gauze or cloth can help stop the bleeding. If there is excessive bleeding that does not stop with pressure after a prolonged amount of time, it is recommended to take the child to a hospital emergency room.
If a child has a toothache you can try to brush and floss the area to dislodge any trapped food. Look for any swellings inside or outside of the mouth. An extra-oral swelling is very serious and requires immediate antibiotics, so go see a dentist right away. Advil or Tylenol can be given to reduce the pain until definitive treatment can be provided.
The severity of the fractured tooth determines the urgency of treatment. A minimal fracture causing no pain or sensitivity is not as urgent as an extensive fracture in or close to the nerve causing pain and sensitivity. Regardless a dentist should be called immediately.
Other Emergency Conditions
Bleeding after Your child’s tooth falls out: Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have your child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. You may need to repeat this process once but If bleeding persists, give us a call.
Cold/Canker Sores: Many children occasionally suffer from cold or canker sores and usually, over-the-counter medicines can help. Most sores go away within 10-14 days
Dark/ discoloured baby tooth: Baby teeth often get injured and then discoloured, as though the tooth is bruised. If the child isn’t complaining and there are no signs or symptoms of infection- pain, mobility of the tooth, swelling or bubble above the tooth on the gums- then it is not necessary to seek emergency treatment.