Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies and How to Deal With Them

a jolly kid brushing his teethAs temperature rises during summer and the bikes, footballs, and other toys are out, active children are likely to have bruises and bumps. No parent wants to witness their child in pain, but dental emergencies do sometimes occur.

It is estimated that at least a third of children below ten years have, at one time, had some dental trauma, while a significant number of children have had a dental emergency. Here are some of the most common pediatric dental emergencies and how you can handle them.

Dental Avulsion

If your child’s tooth has been completely knocked out, contact a pediatric dentist in South bend Indiana right away as time is a significant factor in re-implantation and saving of the tooth. Dentists typically do not try to re-implant milk teeth as the process might damage teeth buds and affect emerging permanent teeth, but the child should still be seen by a dentist. For permanent teeth, recover the avulsed tooth and, holding it by the crown, rinse it with water. Place the avulsed tooth in milk or water and go to the dentist within an hour for successful re-implantation.

Tooth Displacement

Tooth displacement of all forms requires medical attention, especially for permanent teeth. You can apply a moist, cold compress on the area of the displaced tooth and offer pediatric pain relief medication on your way to the doctor. Trying to reposition avulsed teeth at home may lead to bigger problems.

Fractured Tooth

Crown fractures are visible bit root fractures are harder to detect. The dentist will assess the fracture’s severity through dental x-rays. Any change in the tooth color is, however, a warning sign. Minor fractures may need a dental sealant while severe ones may require pulp treatment.

Collisions and sports injuries are sometimes inevitable when playing. A customized mouth guard from a pediatric dentist will provide protection and comfort during sports. Protect your child’s teeth today and limit dental emergencies by getting one.