Dental Emergencies in Children

Know What to Do and When to Call

Accidents happen. As parents, we want to keep our kids safe and healthy, but sometimes it’s hard to know when to call a doctor–or even go to the emergency room. In this post, we will detail a few of the most common child dental emergencies we see.

DISCLAIMER: This article is not a substitute for medical advice. Please call to get specific advice for your individual child. If your child is experiencing facial swelling or is in extreme pain, go to your nearest emergency room.

a young boy touches his cheek in apparent pain

Signs of Infection

Dental Emergencies | Know When to Call

Dental Injury

Kids are especially prone to dental injuries. Urgent dental care is usually needed after some sort of trauma to the mouth. When teeth are chipped, broken, cracked, or knocked out, it’s important for a dentist to check for further damage. If a permanent, adult tooth is knocked out, save the tooth and keep it from drying out. You can use milk or saliva to preserve it. Don’t wrap it in a tissue or place in water as this can dry out the tooth. Call for an urgent appointment and we can possibly reattach the tooth.

Injury to a Baby Tooth

Damage to Dental Crown

If a child has had a dental crown placed on their tooth and the crown falls off, save the crown, and call to make an appointment as soon as possible. The remaining portion of the tooth may break and cause further pain and damage.

If your child is experiencing dental pain and you’re in the Austin area, give us a call. We can usually make time for same-day emergency appointments.

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