Dealing with your child’s dental trauma is one of the scariest experiences a parent can have. Unfortunately, because kids love to play, dental emergencies are all too common.
Whether your child has become injured in a fall, playing sports, or putting a foreign object inside the mouth, at Tiny Texans Pediatric Dentistry, we are here to help with any dental emergency. Austin pediatric dentist Dr. Christina Ramirez understands that efficient and effective treatment is necessary for situations where your child’s tooth is at risk.
How to Know if Your Situation Is an Emergency
A trip to the emergency room or a call to 911 is necessary if your child is seriously injured. If he or she has any of the following symptoms, this is a serious emergency that must be dealt with immediately:
- Has passed out or become unconscious
- Is disoriented and nauseous
- Has blurred vision or slurred speech
- Is bleeding with no response to pressure
- Has an object stuck in the mouth
- Has a large gash or cut
Other times, you should call our office, such as in the following situations:
- A tooth has been knocked out of your child’s mouth
- A tooth appears to be cracked or compromised in some other way
- A tooth is causing pain or is ultra-sensitive to hot or cold
- A tooth has turned dark
- The jaw has become locked in the open or closed position
- There is pain in the jaw
- There is a clicking sound in the jaw
If you are unsure of what to do, give us a call and we can advise you as to the best course of action.
What to Do When a Tooth Is Knocked Out
If your child’s tooth is completely avulsed (knocked out), try to find the tooth if you can. Next, determine whether the tooth in question is a baby tooth or an adult tooth. Chances are, if it is a baby tooth, no further treatment is needed and you DO NOT want to try and put the tooth back in. It is still a good idea to make an appointment to come in and have the site checked just to make sure.
If it was a permanent tooth, try to find the tooth and put it back into the same spot in the gum if your child is old enough to help keep it there without swallowing it. Or you can place the tooth in a small container with a little bit of milk to keep it moist. Call Dr. Christina right away to have your child seen. If the tooth hasn’t been damaged, this will give her an opportunity to determine whether or not it can be saved.
It is important to note that if your child loses his or her tooth because of an auto accident or a fall, a trip to the emergency room is the best option to ensure there are no other injuries associated with the incident.
Call Our Office if You Think There Is a Dental Emergency
If your child has suffered a dental injury or is in pain, try not to panic. Give us a call right away, and we can talk you through the situation. Dr. Christina will answer your questions, address your concerns, and let you know if an office visit is necessary.