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Dental Emergencies for Kids

A child receiving emergency dentistry at Sunnyside Dentistry in Clackamas, ORAs a parent, you do everything you can to ensure the safety of your child. Sometimes, however, accidents happen. There is not much scarier than seeing your child hurt. Some accidents can result in dental injuries. Your child may fall on the playground or get hurt while playing sports. Dental injuries are fairly common, but that does not make them any less frightening. Sunnyside Dentistry is here for your child, and for you, in the event of dental emergencies.

Care at Home

If your child has suffered a minor dental injury, it may be possible to deal with it from the comfort of your own home. One of the most common minor injuries is a bitten tongue, lip, or cheek. While painful, these injuries are rarely dangerous. Use moistened gauze and apply gentle pressure to the wound to help stop bleeding. For pain, an over the counter pain reliever or an ice pack can be helpful. In general, these types of injuries often heal on their own in just a few days. However, if the bleeding is severe, or does not stop after 15 minutes, then emergency care should be sought immediately.

Another emergency that can sometimes be handled at home is a toothache. While it can indicate an infection, your child may also simply have something stuck between their teeth. If your child is complaining of a toothache, help them to brush gently and floss their teeth and rinse with warm water. If nothing is dislodged, or a toothache persists, then you should schedule an emergency appointment.

Treating Dental Emergencies in the Office

We can treat a wide array of different emergencies right here in our office. If your child has suffered an injury, and you are unsure of what to do, you can call our office. We can direct you as to what steps should be taken and schedule you for an emergency appointment if necessary. Common dental emergencies that can be treated in the office include:
•  Chipped and cracked teeth. Before coming into the office, have your child rinse their mouth with warm water. Ice can help alleviate pain and reduce potential swelling. Once in the office, we will be able to assess the damage to the affected teeth and determine the best course of action.
•  Tooth displacement. A tooth that has either been partially dislodged or has been shoved deeper into the socket is considered a displaced tooth. Do not try to fix these teeth by yourself. You can, however, provide your child with an ice pack or over the counter pain reliever until their appointment. Once in the office, we can reset the tooth and secure it with a splint.
•  Tooth avulsion. Sometimes, dental injuries can result in tooth loss. If your child loses a tooth, an appointment should be scheduled right away. If a baby tooth has been lost too early, a space maintainer may be necessary. For an adult tooth, it may be possible to replant it. First, find the tooth and clean it off under running water. Do not touch the root end. Place the tooth in a jar of milk or salt water until we can get your child in for an appointment.

Should I Take My Child to the ER?

There are some situations in which you should take your child straight to the emergency room. These situations include:
•  Loss of consciousness.
•  Your child is having trouble bleeding.
•  Your child is experiencing severe bleeding.
•  You think your child might have broken their jaw.

Knowing what to do in the event of a dental emergency can help you, and your child, to remain calm and allows you to take care of the issue as soon as possible. Call Sunnyside Dentistry today at (503) 451-5104 for more information.

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Clackamas, OR 97015-5240

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