Emergency dental care is available at our Kissimmee, FL practice to ensure that if an emergency happens, you know who to turn to! As a team, we are dedicated to the health and wellbeing of your child, willing to do whatever it takes in case of a dental accident in order to repair your child’s smile.
Listed below are a variety of emergency dental concerns and the best course of action to treat the problem. If you have any questions or require emergency care, call our office for further instruction.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Wash the area with water and apply a cold compress (a moist washcloth or towel pressed firmly against the bite) to reduce swelling. Consult our pediatric emergency dentist to determine the severity of the injury.
Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth
Use a cold compress after rinsing your child’s mouth with warm water. Get in touch with our emergency pediatric dentist right away.
Getting medical assistance as soon as possible is crucial if your child has broken their jaw. Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and immediately call our emergency number or go to the hospital for evaluation.
Most commonly, a broken jaw occurs as a result of a collision or blow to the head. In addition, these types of injuries can also lead to traumatic brain injuries, which can be life-threatening.
Object Caught Between Teeth
Avoid using metal, plastic, or sharp tools to remove a stuck object. It is recommended to remove the object gently with dental floss or instruct your child to swish their mouth carefully with warm water until it comes loose. If they cannot remove the object, call our office, and we will schedule an appointment.
- When a child loses a permanent tooth, find the tooth and use water to rinse it. Don’t touch the tooth root. If possible, try to insert the tooth back into its socket, and instruct your child to bite on a piece of clean cloth or towel to hold it in place. If you cannot put the tooth back into its socket, you should place it into a clean container with milk. In either case, contact our pediatric emergency dentist right away and visit the hospital. It is likely that you can save the tooth by following these steps.
- Unlike permanent teeth, primary teeth are not usually replaced once lost. After your child loses a primary tooth, we suggest you schedule a visit to our office, so we can make sure there are no pieces of the tooth left inside the socket.
Depending on the location or development of the permanent tooth, we may suggest a spacer to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting into the empty space.
Rinse your child’s mouth with warm water and check their teeth carefully to ensure nothing is stuck between them. You can apply a cold compress to relieve the discomfort if pain persists. In order to avoid aggravating the problem or damaging your child’s gums, do not apply heat or any topical pain reliever directly to the affected area.
Pain relief for children can be administered through oral medication, and we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us to treat the toothache.
Avoiding Injury to Your Child’s Teeth
It is possible to prevent your child from experiencing a pediatric dental emergency by taking preventative measures.
- Prevent falls by childproofing your home.
- Keep extension cords and electrical cords out of children’s reach.
- Make sure your child doesn’t chew on hard foods like ice or popcorn kernels.
- Young children should always be seated in a car seat, and older children should wear a seatbelt.
- While playing contact sports, make sure your child wears a mouthguard.
- Finally, regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits can prevent many oral health problems.
You may experience some discomfort or soreness after you get braces or have them adjusted, but this is normal. It may be helpful to apply wax and/or take over-the-counter medication to relieve soreness and discomfort. Contact us if your child is experiencing pain for more than a few days.
Your Child’s Smile In Safe Hands
When dental emergencies occur, we realize how stressful it can be. The injury may cause some discomfort, pain, or be very frightening. It’s important that you remain calm and bring your child to receive expert care after an emergency occurs.
Our team is specially trained to handle these situations and address the problem with care, compassion, and collective effort, deescalating the stressful experience and restoring a calm feeling. That way, your child can quickly recover with the care they need to smile again!