Nobody likes to think about their child having a dental emergency. However, it’s important to be prepared in case one occurs. Knowing what to do can help your child get the care they need and make sure that any long-term damage is minimized. Here’s what you should know about dealing with a dental emergency.
What Counts as an Emergency?
When it comes to dentistry, there are several situations that may qualify as an emergency. These include severe tooth pain, lost fillings or crowns, broken or chipped teeth, and soft tissue injuries such as cuts or lacerations in the mouth. If your child has any of these issues, you should contact your South Plainfield dentist immediately for an evaluation and treatment plan.
How Should I Treat My Child’s Toothache?
If your child has a toothache, it’s important to take action right away. First, make sure that they rinse their mouth with warm water and floss gently around the affected tooth if necessary. You can also use ibuprofen or acetaminophen to help manage the pain until you can get seen by Dr. Geoffrey Gonzales. Avoid giving them aspirin because it can cause irritation in the gums.
What About Lost Fillings and Crowns?
If your child has lost a filling or crown, they may experience some discomfort while eating or drinking hot or cold foods and liquids due to sensitivity in the area around the missing restoration. To minimize pain, have them avoid eating on that side of their mouth until they can see a dentist for repair or replacement of the restoration. Ignoring this issue could lead to more serious problems such as infection and fracture of the underlying tooth structure over time, so prompt treatment is key!
Dental emergencies can be stressful for both parents and children alike – but with proper knowledge and preparation, you will be able to handle any situation confidently and effectively! Remember that if your child experiences severe pain, bleeding from the mouth, swelling inside their mouth/lip/jaw area following an injury or fall (even without pain), or any other concerning symptoms related to oral health – don’t hesitate to call Pediatrics on Park right away! Our caring Pediatrics on Park team will act swiftly and do everything to keep your little one as comfortable as possible. We offer same-day dentistry and accept most dental insurance plans at our office.
If your child needs emergency dental care in the South Plainfield or Edison area, call us first at Pediatrics on Park.