When your child is in pain, you want them to have relief as soon as possible. Oral pain can come from a variety of different sources: canker sores, hot/cold stimulus, a cavity or infection, or trauma.
Unfortunately, sometimes, it can be hard to tell if the situation is a true emergency or not. To help guide you in the right direction, we’ve put together a list of situations where you should contact the emergency pediatric dentist.
1. Intense Pain and Possible Infection
If your child has intense tooth pain, you should call an emergency pediatric dentist right away. Most dentists set aside a certain amount of time every day for emergencies and if you call, they should be able to find time to see your child.
Signs of infection include swelling, heat in the afflicted area, and pain that prevents your child from sleeping. It may appear as a small bump on the gums above the tooth or swelling that extends to the outside of the mouth.
Ideally, you should try to focus on preventative care so that your child’s cavities get detected and treated long before they get to this point. In some cases, intense and sudden toothaches are unavoidable.
2. Knocked Out Tooth
Your child may knock out a tooth due to a range of injuries or accidents. If the tooth is a baby tooth, call a pediatric specialist right away to determine the severity of the situation.
If your child knocks out an adult tooth, time is a critical factor in saving the tooth. Remain calm. Find the tooth. Handle the tooth while carefully avoiding the root. DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. You’d want to avoid damaging the ligaments within the gum tissue. Using gentle finger pressure, re-insert the tooth into the empty tooth socket. If re-insertion is not possible, place the tooth in a container of cold milk or water. Call your nearest pediatric specialist or emergency care immediately! Make your way to an open dentist or emergency room as soon as possible.
3. Cracked Tooth
Depending on the extent of the crack, the nerve may be exposed, and your child may suffer pain while eating or drinking. Gently rinse affected area in salt water first, being careful not to push on, brush or scrub the portion of tooth still in mouth. The remaining tooth structure may still be fragile in the mouth.
Call your pediatric dentist as soon as possible so we may assess the situation promptly.
4. Cold Sores and Canker Sores
Canker sores can be uncomfortable and can make eating and talking difficult. Cold/canker sores may heal on their own in 7-10 days without treatment. Warm salt water rinses and preparation available through your dentist may provide temporary relief. It is important to call an emergency pediatric dentist right away to have a dental evaluation if these sores persist, or is the child is having difficulty eating and drinking.
5. Profuse Oral Bleeding
Injuries such as knocked out teeth, biting your lips, tongue, or cheeks, and countless other things can make your child’s mouth start bleeding. Rinse the area, place a clean piece of gauze over the wound, and apply light pressure. If the bleeding isn’t controlled and doesn’t stop within 20 minutes, you should call and visit an emergency pediatric dentist, or the hospital emergency room.
If you’re looking for an emergency pediatric dentist near you, contact us at FUNtastic Dental today. We can help.