Emergency Dental Care

As a parent, it can be terrifying when your child gets hurt. Dental emergencies are surprisingly common for many kids and teens. Here are some of the most common injuries that require emergency dental care and a few tips on what to do when they happen.

Painful Toothaches

Even children can get toothaches, and if your child is in pain due to a cavity or infection, they need help as soon as possible. To stop the pain, you may want to try a dose of ibuprofen along with an ice pack for the side of the face closest to the pain. On top of that, you should make an appointment for emergency dental care as soon as possible.

Knocked Out Tooth (Avulsion)

Sometimes the most fun activities end with a lot of pain. If your child has been playing sports, riding their scooter or skateboard, or doing any other activity that resulted in them falling and knocking out a tooth, they need emergency care as soon as possible.

Find the tooth and quickly rinse it to remove any dirt or debris. If possible, gently put the tooth back in the socket. Otherwise, put it in a small container of whole milk, water with a little salt , or Hank’s Save a Tooth if you have access to this. Don’t let the tooth dry out—that can make it impossible to replace. When you contact the emergency dentist, let them know that your child has knocked out a tooth and bring it with you to your appointment. Remember, time is VERY important as most teeth need to be treated within 2 hours, and less if possible to save the tooth.

Lost Fillings or Crowns

Crowns and fillings can also become detached. This can happen alongside an injury as explained above, but it tends to happen when children are eating sticky foods like toffee or candies like StarBursts or AirHeads. This can be painful
because the missing crown or filling may expose the nerve. To alleviate some of the pain and clean the area, have your child rinse with warm saltwater.

See if you can find the crown as it may be possible for the dentist to reattach it. Then, contact our office or a dentist who offers emergency dental care as soon as possible. The dentist should be able to quickly clean the area and put in a new filling. If you haven’t found the crown, the dentist can put a temporary one on your child’s tooth until a permanent one is ready.

Elite smiles is the best option for our kids in the Chastain area. We’ve taken our kids to a few practices and none had the level of care that Dr. Powell and his team offer.

Lauren H.