If you are a parent or a guardian of a child, you know – probably all too well – that accidents have the unique ability to happen at any location, at any time. The same holds true for dental emergencies.The only difference is, knowing how to appropriately handle those emergencies could mean either losing a child’s permanent tooth or saving it.

Macro shot of the broken split tooth.

While a child should be taken to an emergency room or a pediatric dentist as quickly as possible when a dental emergency arises, there are several steps that you may take to assist before or while on the way to a specialist. In this guide, we will expound on the steps associated with the most common dental emergencies.

Knocked Out Tooth

If your child experiences a situation where their tooth has been knocked out, it may be saved – but, only if you make it to a dentist within an hour of the occurrence. The following steps should be taken:

  • When picking up the tooth, only pick up at the crown. A tooth should never be picked up at the root.
  • Rinse the tooth with water, but, avoid scrubbing it.
  • Place the tooth back into the socket, ensuring it is facing the appropriate direction.
  • Place gauze in the mouth so that the child may hold it in place until you arrive for care.
  • If the tooth cannot be placed in the socket, place it in the child’s saliva, saline solution, or even in milk – avoid water, if possible.
  • Get to a pediatric dentist as quickly as possible.

Fractured Tooth

If a tooth becomes broken, take the following steps:

  • If there is any bleeding, take measures to control it as quickly as possible.
  • Use warm water to rinse the impacted region of the mouth.
  • Take a cold compress and place it over the area that is impacted.
  • Make an attempt to find any missing tooth pieces.
  • Wrap any tooth fragments in wet gauze and get to a pediatric dentist as quickly as possible.

Toothache or a Tooth Abscess

  • Rinse the mouth completely with warm salt water. This will aid in the removal of any potentially harmful or uncomfortable debris.
  • The child should be encouraged to brush and floss; however, encourage the child to do so gently to avoid any unnecessary irritation.
  • Apply a cold compress on the outside region of the cheek where the situation is occurring. Avoid heat compresses and/or chewing in the impacted region.
  • Avoid placing aspirin and other items on the affected tooth. This could lead to further complications, such as burns to the soft tissue in the mouth.

Get to a pediatric dentist immediately for a consultation on the issue.

There are many types of dental emergencies. Here, you have been introduced to the most common and the steps required to handle them.

Should you find yourself facing a dental emergency, contact us as quickly as possible for assistance.

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Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies