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Emergency Dental Care

Dental emergencies can be scary, but don’t panic. North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry offers emergency dental care for your little ones. If you have a dental emergency, call our office right away, even outside of office hours. Our phone menu includes the option to contact the doctor on call. Our team of pediatric dental experts will meet with you and your little one as soon as possible to address your emergency. Until then, please refer to this list of dental first-aid procedures, or call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Dental First-Aid Procedures

Toothaches

Toothaches are a common occurrence in children. Some of the most common causes of toothaches are tooth decay, trauma, fractures, and tooth eruption. If your child has a persistent toothache, contact North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment. Ice packs around the face or jaw and anti-inflammatory medications may help to ease the pain.

Knocked Out Teeth

If your child has a knocked-out tooth, try to determine whether the tooth is a baby tooth or an adult tooth. If the tooth is a baby tooth, most doctors recommend against reimplantation, because it could damage the tooth bud or the permanent tooth. You should still talk to us as soon as possible about space maintenance.

However, if the tooth is an adult tooth, it is crucial to seek emergency dental care. The sooner the tooth is replaced, the more likely the tooth is to heal. Implantation is almost always successful if it is done within an hour of the injury. Here are some step-by-step instructions for dealing with knocked out teeth.

  1. Find the knocked out tooth. DO NOT TOUCH THE TOOTH ROOTS. Instead, handle the tooth by touching the crown only.
  2. Rinse any dirt and grime off of the tooth with warm water. Do not scrub the tooth or use soap or toothpaste.
  3. If you have an older child, you can gently insert the tooth back into its original socket. If you are nervous about doing this, have your child hold the tooth in the area between their cheek and lower teeth. If you have younger kids, place the tooth in a glass of milk. You can also put the tooth in a “save a tooth” kit if you have one. Whatever you do, make sure to keep the tooth wet, but DO NOT use water.
  4. Seek emergency dental care.

Tooth Displacement

Sometimes, dental trauma from falling, playing sports, or being hit will cause teeth to be pushed upwards into the jawbone or moved around in the socket. Teeth may appear suddenly shorter, angled, or may be partially removed from the socket. Depending on the nature of your child’s injury, our clinicians may need to perform root canal therapy to save the tooth, or we may recommend simply watching and waiting.

If your child experiences one of these problems, contact North Royalton Pediatric Dentistry as soon as possible. Rinse the child’s mouth out with cold water, and place ice packs around the affected areas to reduce swelling. If your child is in pain, offer them pediatrician-approved pain relief such as Tylenol or Children’s Motrin.

Oral Lacerations

If your child sustains an oral laceration, apply clean gauze to the area with gentle pressure to stop the bleeding. If bleeding doesn’t slow or stop, seek emergency care by calling 911 or visiting your local emergency room. If the cut appears minor and other teeth have been impacted, contact our office for an emergency appointment.

Dental Concussion

Sometimes, children have teeth that have been hit, but that aren’t dislodged or fractured. Although concussed teeth can cause minor discoloration, they don’t typically need emergency treatment unless the tooth turns dark.

Remember, your North Royalton Pediatric dentist can help your child with a wide range of dental emergencies. If your child experiences these or other kinds of dental trauma, please contact our office so that we can help.


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