The Most Common Dental Emergencies in Kids
Dental emergencies are frightening for you and your child. Unfortunately, they’re also extremely common. About one-third of all kids experience a dental emergency at some point in their childhood. There are two peak risk periods for dental emergencies. When toddlers reach the age where they learn to explore their surroundings, accidental falls and resulting dental emergencies are common. The other risk period occurs at adolescence when children become involved in sports activities. Getting professional dental care as soon as possible after a dental injury occurs ensures the best possible outcome.
The 6 Most Common Childhood Dental Emergencies
- A knocked-out tooth must be treated quickly to save it. Emergency dentists can often re-implant a permanent tooth if your child gets treatment within an hour. If your child loses a tooth, retrieve it carefully without touching the root. If it is dirty, you can rinse it under plain water, but never scrub its surface. If your child is old enough that he or she won’t swallow the tooth, place it into the tooth socket gently. For children who may swallow the tooth, place it in a cup of milk. In either case, see your dentist immediately.
- Crown fractures are common dental emergencies. X-rays are necessary to determine the true extent of damage, but a pink or yellow color change inside the tooth is a serious warning sign. Visit your child’s dentist in Columbia or proceed to an emergency room to assess the injury.
- Tooth displacement may indicate an underlying injury to the jawbone. If a tooth protrudes at an unnatural angle, offer a cold compress to relieve pain and swelling and see the dentist immediately.
- Lip, cheek, and tongue injuries from accidental bites or cuts may bleed profusely. Apply direct pressure to control bleeding. If it persists, go to a hospital emergency room or call for assistance.
- Fractured jaws are serious and painful injuries. If a jaw injury occurs, tell your child not to move the jaw, and proceed to an emergency room immediately.
- Head trauma or obvious head injury can result in serious complications such as concussion and internal bleeding. These injuries are beyond the scope of emergency dentistry; go to a hospital or call 911 at once in all cases of head trauma in children.
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