Dental Emergencies For Your Child

Dental Emergencies For Your Child
Posted on 04/18/2018

Little girl in bed holding her mouth in pain

We at Yummy Dental & Orthodontics for Kids understand that – through no fault of anyone involved – dental emergencies can sometimes happen. While these instances can be terrifying for a parent, we want you to know that our Chicago and Glenview pediatric dentist and the dental team will be here for you to help your child through any dental emergency. The most important thing to know, however, is how to respond when your child experiences one of these emergencies. We’d like to go over some of the most common emergencies, how to react, and what needs to be done.


Chipped Teeth

The majority of dental emergencies and injuries are chipped teeth and thankfully, these are easily repaired when treated quickly. If possible, we recommend bringing in any broken pieces of the tooth enamel when you come to visit your kids dentist as we can simply reattach the broken pieces and bond them back to the tooth. Alternatively, we can simply use a tooth-colored filling to restore the tooth, making it look just as natural as it did previously.

Broken Teeth

If the break of the tooth only affects the chewing surface of the tooth and doesn’t bother the pulp of the tooth, the good news is that these aren’t painful and can be easily repaired. A filling or a crown can restore the appearance of the tooth. However, if the break or crack is deep enough to expose the nerve, your child will likely need a root canal to save the tooth. If the crack is beneath the gum line though, the tooth will need to be extracted. Regardless, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your kids dentist as soon as you can.

Knocked out Tooth

If your child’s tooth gets knocked out, you should get to your pediatric dentist immediately for an evaluation. Make sure to bring the tooth with you as well. For older children, gently clean the tooth in warm water and then place it back into its socket as carefully as you can. Also, you’ll want to handle the tooth by the crown and not by the root. If you can’t get the tooth back in, place it in a glass of milk instead and bring it with you to the pediatric dentist. You may not want to attempt to place it back in the socket for a younger child as he or she may accidentally swallow the tooth.

Toothaches

If a toothache is either severe or has lasted for 24 hours, you should call up your kids dentist to make an appointment. Also, make sure to ask your child if he or she is feeling any pressure or ear pain in addition to the toothache.

Tooth Sensitivity

Just like adults, it’s common for children to suffer from tooth sensitivity. The causes for this can vary greatly though. Let your pediatric dentist know so that your child can be evaluated during his or her dental exam.

Lost Fillings

In rare occasions, children who have had fillings put in may have them fall out. This shouldn’t cause any pain for the time being, but you should still call our office right away to schedule an appointment.


Get in Touch with Your Glenview and Chicago Pediatric Dentist!

If your child is suffering from any of the previous dental emergencies or you’re unsure if what he or she is experiencing is an emergency, please give your kids dentist a call at (773) 281-8100 for our Chicago office or (847) 729-4700 for our Glenview office. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns either. We hope to help your child (and yourself!) through any emergencies that he or she may experience!