Dentistry can’t always be scheduled, sometimes the need for emergency dentistry services arise. When they do, we will work to restore your child's smile as quickly as possible so that they can put the pain and the injury behind them.
Your Emergency Pediatric Dentist
Dental issues and accidents can happen at any time. Sometimes they require immediate treatment, and when that is the case, we are here to assist. If you are searching for emergency pediatric dentistry in Lakewood, we are your solution.
Our experienced and knowledgeable team knows that a dental emergency is never easy, but we are here to get your child as comfortable as quickly as possible. We offer affordable, emergency dental care that will get your child back to everyday life as soon as possible. We reserve space in our schedule to accommodate your dental emergency the same day you notify us, and we will work diligently to treat your child quickly and comfortably.
What is a dental emergency?
There are several types of dental emergencies. Dental emergencies can consist of a sudden and severe toothache, an accident that chips or cracks a tooth, a damaged or loose restoration or a lost or damaged tooth. About 22 percent of people have experienced dental or oral pain in the last six months. To know if your child’s situation is an emergency, ask your child the following questions or see if these issues are observable to you:
- Is your child in severe pain or experiencing severe swelling?
- Does your child have a painful toothache that will not subside?
- Does your child have a loose or knocked-out tooth?
- Does your child have swelling in your cheeks or face in combination with a toothache?
- Is your child experiencing extreme tooth sensitivity?
- Is your child bleeding from the mouth that will not stop?
- Is your child’s jaw injured?
In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This consideration also applies to severe infections that can be life-threatening and constitute contacting your dental office.
What is not a dental emergency?
If the problem can be taken care of yourself for a few days without seeing your dentists, it likely isn’t a dental emergency. For example, a chipped or cracked tooth is only an emergency if the fracture is painful or has left you with trauma inside your mouth, or, if you have lost a tooth or filling, you can wait a few days to see one of our dentists at Grin Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.
What’s the best way to handle a dental emergency?
The best thing to do in a dental emergency is to contact our office, unless it is extremely severe, then you should go to the emergency room.
Depending on the dental emergency your child is experiencing, there may be some things you can do to help ease their pain and help the situation. Some efforts include:
- Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a mug of warm water and use it as a mouthwash
- If your child’s tooth is knocked out, place it in a glass of milk until they can see their dentist
- Try flossing to eliminate any gum pressure
- Use a cold compress on the swelling or painful area
- Rinse with diluted Hydrogen Peroxide to kill bacteria
- Take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate pain
If you have more questions about urgent dental care, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.