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When your child is in pain and experiencing a dreaded toothache, you may not know whether you need to go to your local Valencia emergency dentist for kids or take them to the emergency room. At SCV Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we recommend contacting our Valencia emergency pediatric dentists for any tooth-related emergency you can imagine. We handle all manner of dental emergencies, from knocked-out teeth to severe toothaches and anything in-between. Unlike your local ER, we won’t leave your child waiting for hours to receive necessary treatment.
Common Dental Emergencies in Children
In an ideal world, a child only loses their baby teeth when they fall out on their own. However, life can get in the way of nature. If your child’s baby tooth has been knocked out, make sure they rinse their mouth with water and use a damp tissue to control bleeding. Even if they are of the age where the baby tooth would have fallen out naturally, it’s still recommended that you see a pediatric dentist s soon as possible to ensure the surrounding teeth and the jawbone are okay and will heal properly.
Other emergencies may be severe toothaches, which could indicate tooth decay in need of a “baby” root canal. This means the decayed tooth will be cleaned and then capped with a porcelain crown to prevent further damage, and to help your child speak and eat normally until the permanent tooth comes in down the road.
What should I do if my child's tooth is knocked out?
A knocked out tooth is classified as a serious dental injury and we encourage you to get pediatric dentistry help immediately. The concern and action steps will be different whether it is a baby tooth or adult tooth, as reimplementation of a baby tooth is not usually needed or recommended.
If your child has lost his or her adult tooth, we recommend taking the following steps:
- Locate the missing tooth and hold it by the crown (not the root)
- Clean the tooth with water but don't scrub the tooth
- Either try to reinsert the tooth into its socket or submerge the tooth in milk or saliva to keep the tooth moist
- Visit your emergency pediatric dentist immediately with the child and the tooth
Orthodontic Emergencies in Children
Does your child have poking wires, loose brackets, or broken orthodontic appliances? These can cause sore teeth and gums and continuous discomfort that will make it hard for your child to focus on much else. While it’s normal for your child to experience discomfort and oral tenderness after their braces have been placed or adjusted, this shouldn’t last more than about a week.
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