When to Seek Emergency Care From a Pediatric Dentist

Brunette girl with glasses frowns and touches her cheek due to an emergency toothache

While we hope you never have to deal with a dental emergency, it’s best to be prepared in case your child does experience one. Here at Happy Teeth Pediatric Dentistry, we’re well-equipped to handle dental emergencies and we want to make sure you are too! In this post, we identify common dental emergencies you should be ready for.

  1. Toothache
  2. If your kid is dealing with persistent tooth pain, you’ll want to get them in to see us as soon as possible to address its cause. It could be due to infection and advanced decay, which will only get worse if left untreated. In the meantime, help your child rinse several times with warm salty water, apply a cold pack in 20 minute increments to reduce swelling and pain, and take a child-friendly over-the-counter pain reliever if needed.

  3. Mouth Trauma
  4. A hard hit to your child’s mouth is never something to ignore. Even if there’s no visible damage, there may be underlying issues that you can’t see with the naked eye, such as small cracks or damaged connective tissues that hold the teeth in place. We recommend seeing us for a checkup soon after a blow to the mouth, especially if your child is experiencing sudden sensitivity or throbbing pain in or around their mouth.

  5. Knocked-Out Adult Tooth
  6. Trauma to the face sometimes results in a tooth or teeth being knocked clean out of the mouth. Fortunately, careful action can improve your chances of salvaging the tooth. First, handle the tooth only by its chewing surface and gently rinse it with milk or water. Do not rub or scrub it with any type of fabric. Then re-insert it into its socket, if possible, and have your child gently bite down on non-woven gauze or cloth to keep the tooth in place on the way to our office. Or keep the tooth moist in milk and transport it to your emergency appointment.

  7. Broken Tooth
  8. A broken or chipped tooth should also be treated with urgency, especially if your child is in pain. Have your little one rinse with warm salty water and apply an ice pack to dull any pain. If possible, bring the broken piece of the tooth along to your appointment.

Pediatric Emergency Dental Care in Austin, TX

If a tooth-disaster strikes, we’ll be ready for you! So whether your child needs a routine cleaning or an emergency exam, our friendly team at Happy Teeth would be thrilled to help them keep their smile healthy and beautiful.

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