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10 Pediatric Dental Emergencies

October 11, 2022
Posted By: Valleau and VanDeven Dentistry for Children
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"That's great, it starts with an earthquake" is how the famous R.E.M. song begins. But if your child has a dental emergency, it also may feel like the end of the world. After all, children aren't known for handling pain gracefully. That's why, as parents, we should be prepared for all forms of emergencies.

When it comes to your child's teeth in Grand Rapids and Rockford, MI, the team at Valleau & VanDeven Dentistry for Children is ready to help you understand ten common dental emergencies and what to do.

#1 – Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth

This is among the most severe needs for urgent care because you don't want your child to lose a life-long tooth so soon. If the tooth is intact, the clock is ticking on us being able to reimplant it. Call our Grand Rapids or Rockford pediatric dental offices immediately for specific instructions.

#2 – A Chipped or Cracked Tooth

How you handle tooth damage depends on its severity. For example, a chipped tooth may have sharp ends which can cut your child's mouth. We recommend you call us right away so we can help avoid further damage.

#3 – Knocked-Out Tooth Filling

As a rule of thumb, the larger the filling, the more quickly you should contact our Rockford or Grand Rapids, MI dental office. A sizeable missing filling leaves an equally large hole in your child's tooth, making it more susceptible to breakage.

#4 – Facial Injury

Kids fall on their faces all the time, though it's often difficult to tell what's damaged. We recommend that you apply ice or a cold compress externally over the injured area to lessen swelling and any bleeding. For potential facial bone fractures, we recommend you visit urgent care first.

#5 – Bleeding Mouth

Bleeding from your child's mouth may be like a facial injury, so a cold compress will also help. But, again, if the bleeding persists and appears heavy, you should call urgent care or visit an emergency room immediately.

#6 – Knocked-Out Baby Tooth

If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, it's not as urgent as a knocked-out permanent tooth. Still, you should schedule a prompt visit to your pediatric emergency dentist so we can evaluate their adjoining teeth. We also may recommend a spacer to keep room for the incoming permanent tooth.

#7 – Toothache or Other Tooth Pain

Sometimes, tooth pain will crop up randomly, though it could worsen without warning. Many times this condition results from a cavity that may have gone undetected. We will want to relieve their suffering with the most appropriate treatment without delay.

#8 – Tooth or Gum Abscess

Like tooth decay, your child may also suffer from an infection. Your child's gums may be red, swollen, or irritated; if a small sore appears in their mouth, this could be an abscess filled with infectious fluid. You should call our dental office immediately to prevent the infection from spreading.

#9 – An Overly Sensitive Tooth

This may indicate an emerging condition if your child feels pain with cold or hot foods. Please speak to a team member so we can help uncover the source of your child's sensitivity and recommend treatments.

#10 – Random Stuck Foreign Object

Finally, we all know kids put weird things in their mouths. If something becomes lodged between their teeth, you first should try to remove it gently with dental floss, a flosser, or an interdental cleaner. Call us if the object won't budge rather than getting more forceful.

Contact Your Pediatric Emergency Dentist in Grand Rapids and Rockford, MI

When in doubt, the best policy is to contact our dental offices in Rockford or Grand Rapids and discuss the situation with one of our team. We look forward to treating your child in their time of need and helping them develop an appreciation of their dentist that they'll remember.

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