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Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Great Grins for KIDS
Woman speaking with dentist about her dental emergency at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland in Portland, ORChildhood is a time of exploration and boundless energy. But bumps and bruises are not the only potential hazards. Little smiles are susceptible to emergencies, too. Knowing how to handle these situations can make a big difference in the oral health of your child.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

A chipped tooth might seem minor, but it can expose the inner layers of the tooth, increasing sensitivity and risk of infection. A broken tooth can cause significant pain and bleeding. If your child chips or breaks a tooth, time is of the essence. First, gently rinse the affected area with warm water to clean it, then apply a cold compress to help reduce swelling. It is crucial to seek immediate dental attention. The dentist will conduct a clinical examination of the tooth. They may also use a dental X-ray to determine the needed treatment.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If your child knocks out a baby tooth, it is crucial not to attempt re-implantation as it may harm the underlying adult tooth. Instead, promptly take your child to see a dentist. While dental professionals may not re-implant baby teeth, they will try to restore permanent adult teeth. Early treatment increases the likelihood of saving and re-implanting the tooth successfully.


A trip to an emergency dentist may be necessary if your child has a toothache. The main reasons for a toothache emergency are oral trauma, tooth decay, gum disease, and emerging permanent teeth.

Bitten Lip Or Tongue

A bitten lip or tongue can be categorized as a dental emergency if the injury is serious. In case of excessive bleeding or extensive damage, contact your pediatric dentist for emergency care. Meanwhile, clean the area and apply a cold compress to help reduce bleeding or swelling.

Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene are the best defense against dental emergencies. Schedule regular appointments for your child and make brushing and flossing a fun and essential part of their daily routine.

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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