Children’s Dental Emergencies
In case your child is in a dental emergency, your dentist should be the first person you call. But what constitutes a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is a case involving the mouth and supporting tissues that is of importance high enough to be treated by a dentist.
Dental emergencies range from bacterial, fungal, or viral infections to a fractured, chipped, or knocked out tooth or dental restoration, each requiring dental response and treatment that is specific to the situation.
But how do you recognise a dental emergency? And what do you do to manage a dental emergency until your child gets to the dentist?
Read on for tips that can help you determine and manage a dental emergency.
Is It A Dental Emergency?
If you are not sure of what an exact dental emergency is, answer the following questions:
- Is the child bleeding through the mouth?
- Is the child in severe pain?
- Does he/she have any knocked teeth?
- Does he/she have any swelling in the mouth?
- Does he/she have any inflammation on the gums?
If your answer is YES to any of these questions, your child might be having a dental emergency, and he/she needs to see your dentist right away.
Tips To Manage Children’s Dental Emergency
Broken, chipped or cracked tooth: Rinse your child’s mouth with lukewarm saltwater and apply a pack of ice to his/her face. Go to the dentist immediately.
Dislodged or knocked-out tooth: If your child’s tooth turns out to be loose because of injury, call your dentist.
While waiting to go to the dentist, let your child rinse his/her mouth with lukewarm saltwater. Do not attempt to return the tooth in its socket. It may affect the growth of the developing tooth underneath the gums.
Bitten Tongue or Lip: Clean the area with clean, wet gauze and place a cold compress to reduce swelling. If there’s bleeding, apply slight pressure on the affected area for 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
When it comes to children’s dental emergencies, count on Deer Park Dental Surgery. Our staff takes pride in providing top-notch, high-quality dental emergency services to patients residing in Deer Park.
Our dentist has been practising emergency dentistry for decades and is determined to help you.
If your child has a dental emergency, call us on (03) 9360 4417 or visit us at T097a Brimbank Shopping Centre Neale Road in Deer Park.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for HCF and NIB
We are located in a busy medical centre in Brimbank Shopping Centre with plenty of cafes and shops nearby.
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)