It is very important to be prepared in case your child has an emergency. Even though we wish that they wouldn’t, emergencies do happen. Being educated and knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth. You also need to know your dentist’s phone number.
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What is emergency dentistry?
Emergency dentistry is dental care when you need it the most. Whether your child has been in an automobile accident, had a sports injury, or simply bit down on a hard piece of food awkwardly, dental emergencies can strike at any moment and cause significant damage to your child’s smile.
An emergency dentist has to be able to deliver exceptional dental care in extremely stressful situations. The team of professionals at Northwoods Pediatric Dentistry works incredibly well under pressure, maintaining a cool, calm, and collected demeanor while making sure that your child’s dental needs are met in a timely manner.
What are some examples of dental emergencies?
A dental emergency is any situation that affects the wellbeing of your oral tissues and requires urgent care. Some examples of dental emergencies include:
- Knocked-out tooth
- Severe toothache
- Chipped, cracked, fractured, or broken tooth
- Dislodged filling or restoration
- Cut or tear on your lips, cheeks, gums, or tongue
If your child is suffering from a dental condition, but you’re not sure if it’s an emergency situation, call the office at Northwoods Pediatric Dentistry.
One of the friendly and knowledgeable team members will be happy to help you determine whether or not your child needs emergency care. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so don’t hesitate to call.
How should I handle a dental emergency?
If your child has had a dental emergency, get to Northwoods Pediatric Dentistry as soon as possible. Getting treatment within 30 minutes of their injury just might make the difference between your child saving or losing their tooth.
If your child has suffered from head or neck trauma in addition to their dental injury, you should treat that first by visiting your nearest urgent care center or hospital emergency room.
Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown––be careful to never touch the roots of a knocked-out tooth. Rinse the tooth in lukewarm water and have your child rinse their mouth as well. Tell your child to try to put it back in their empty socket and bite down gently.
If they’re unable to get it in the socket, you can prevent the roots from drying out by having them keep it in the side of their cheek or in a cup full of milk or saliva.
If your child has a dental emergency, call Northwoods Pediatric Dentistry or walk in today.