At some point, all parents will have to deal with an injured child. Broken bones, bloody noses, skinned knees, it happens. But what happens when it’s your child’s teeth?
Well, you call your child’s dentist office. Dr. Smith is trained to handle urgent dental needs from chipped teeth to emergency tooth extraction and everything in between.
Identifying a Dental Emergency
Sometimes, accidents are pretty mild and easy to handle. You put a Band-Aid on a skinned knee, broken bones get a cast, etc. However, dental emergencies aren’t always easy to deal with.
For example, while chipped teeth may seem like a big deal, it can usually wait for an appointment. On the other hand, bleeding, injury or severe pain can be indicators that treatment is needed right away. Some issues that require immediate attention include:
- Dental injury, such as fractured tooth or knocked-out tooth
- Abscess (swollen tissue that has accumulated pus)
- Severe pain, especially in the wisdom teeth
- Swollen gums
What to Do While You Call the Dentist
When it comes to dental emergencies, there are some things you can do to help make your child more comfortable while you call the dentist. Examples include:
- Apply and ice pack or cold compress
- Give ibuprofen for pain. Avoid aspirin as it can cause excessive bleeding
- Rinse the mouth with warm water
- Collect any pieces of the fractured tooth. The dentist may be able to use these pieces to correct the tooth. If not, a dental crown may be suggested.
- For knocked-out teeth, rinse the tooth gently in water. Don’t touch the root. If you can, place the tooth back into its socket. Otherwise, immerse it in milk until you can see the dentist.
Furthermore, some people like to keep a dental first aid kit. This would include pain medication, gauze, a handkerchief and your dentist’s phone number. This kit can easily be kept in a purse or gym bag.
Emergency Dentist or 911?
Studies show that emergency room visit for dental pain continue to rise. However, ER doctors can’t perform dental services. They can provide you with pain medication or antibiotics for infections but that’s it.
If your child requires an emergency tooth extraction or needs a tooth corrected, the ER will not be able to help. If your child needs urgent dental care, call us at 773-445-7777. We are prepared to deal with these emergencies and take care of your child in a timely manner.
However, if your child is experiencing excessive bleeding that wont stop, sever pain, or an infection, you should call 911 or seek medical attention right away.
Child’s Emergency Tooth Extraction West Chicago
We understand that emergencies aren’t planned. You will sometimes need care outside of normal business hours. Therefore, we offer emergency dental care for your children. We are prepared to handle urgent dental care and we accept most major insurances to help make sure your care is affordable. If your child has an emergency, contact Dr. Loretta Smith ASAP!