A Prompt Solution for Your Child’s Dental Emergencies
Accidents and mouth pain can impact your child at any moment. Your Peabody pediatric dentist provides you a place to call when your child has a dental emergencies.
Your solution for common pediatric dental emergencies
Dental emergencies are preventable. When they do occur your prompt response can eliminate pain and preserve your child’s dental health.
Common questions and solutions to help you quickly and calmly handle your dental emergencies:
Baby (primary) teeth that are knocked out of position should be left alone. Repositioning your child’s baby teeth may damage their developing adult teeth. We recommend having your child evaluated by your pediatric dentist.
Contact your dentist immediately if your child’s adult (permanent) teeth are knocked out of position even though they’re not completely knocked out. Your dentist can reposition their tooth.
Avulsion (loss of a tooth) of a permanent (adult) tooth requires immediate treatment. The tooth must be returned to the socket as soon as possible.
Recover the tooth, carefully rinse it, place it in milk or warm water, and contact our dental office about next steps and treatment for your child’s tooth damage.
An avulsed primary (baby) tooth cannot be replaced. Though it does not require immediate attention you should see your dentist for an evaluation of your child’s tooth.
A fractured adult or baby tooth usually does not require emergency treatment. Small chips and fractures of the enamel (the outer layer of the tooth) may also not require treatment.
Larger fractures that expose the dentin (the inner layer of the tooth) may be sensitive although they may not require immediate treatment. If the tooth fracture involves the pulp (the inner chamber of the tooth where the nerve is) a root canal may be needed prior to the restoration of the tooth. Save any pieces of broken tooth you’re able to recover and call for an appointment.
A fractured jaw should be treated immediately. Help your child avoid moving their jaw and contact our dental office or your local emergency medical facility.
Toothache relief includes cleansing the area with warm water, checking for impacted food and removing it, applying a cold compress to the painful area to reduce any swelling, and contacting our dental office.
Swelling can indicate a serious dental emergency. Swelling in the mouth are usually caused by an infection. Your dentist should evaluate your child’s condition to determine if the swelling is occurring for another reason such as cancer, a cyst, injury, or a blocked salivary duct.
Intra-oral swelling should be evaluated by a dentist as soon as possible. If your child is experiencing a fever or trouble swallowing or breathing and you cannot see your dentist immediately, go to a hospital emergency room.
A dental concussion is an injury to your child’s tooth structure and/or its supportive tissue. Think of it as an impact to their tooth that primarily affects the internal and surrounding structure.
Dental concussions affect their tooth but do not typically dislodge them. Watch for color changes to occur to their tooth and supportive tissue.
Contact our dental office about your treatment options.
A crown fracture, or a root fracture each require immediate attention. Your dentist can assess the severity of the crown fracture your child has experienced. Any tooth color changes (e.g. Pink or yellow) within the tooth can indicate a more serious fracture.
A root fracture is typically the result of direct trauma to the tooth and is not noticeable. Dental x-rays are a necessary first step to determine if your child has experienced a root fracture.
Relief for your child’s crown or root fracture prior to dental treatment can include a mouth rinse with warm water, a cold, moist compress on the affected area, over-the-counter pain relievers (e.g. Children’s Tylenol, etc.), and contacting your pediatric dentist.
Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. We will determine how deeply the tooth has been pushed into your child’s jawbone.
Their tooth will be allowed to descend naturally. Or it will be determined that a root canal is necessary to preserve your child’s tooth structure.
Prior to a dental or emergency examination rinse their mouth with cold water, place ice packs around the affected area, offer an over-the-counter pain reliever, and contact your pediatric dentist or proceed to emergency medical care.