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Dental Emergencies In Children

Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
Little girl in dental chair at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland in Portland, ORNo parent, grandparent, or family member wants to think about what happens if their child experiences a dental emergency. However, when it comes to children, it's best to be prepared. Here are some common dental emergencies that occur in children and what you should do about them.

Tooth Has Been Knocked Out

This is one of the most common dental emergencies in children. Children often knock out teeth due to trauma, such as a fall or being hit in the mouth. If your child knocks a tooth out, your first step is to control the bleeding. Use an ice bag or ice wrapped in paper towels to help with the bleeding. Next, try to find the tooth. If it is a baby tooth, dentists will not try and reattach it. However, if it is a permanent tooth, put it in a cup of milk, or - if the child is older- tuck it back into the space if possible, where it was knocked out. Go to an emergency dentist or pediatric dentist as soon as possible.

Loosened Tooth

Whether the tooth is a baby tooth or a permanent tooth loosened by trauma, you will want to take your child to a dentist as soon as possible. Dentists can decide whether the tooth can be saved. If the tooth is a baby tooth, your child may need a spacer to make room for the permanent tooth that will erupt. If the tooth is permanent, it may need help to remain fixed in the jaw. The sooner you can take your child to a dentist, the better.

Cracked or Chipped Tooth

Cracked and chipped teeth are another common trauma that affects children. Often, children crack or chip a tooth through trauma, such as a sports injury or a fall. If your child cracks or chips a tooth, and it is a permanent tooth, dentists can fix the tooth through bonding or with a crown. No matter what kind of trauma a child's mouth endures, a dentist can use dental techniques to restore their beautiful smiles as soon as possible.

My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.

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