Children Dental Emergency Care Germantown, MD
Children's emergency dentistry
Emergencies occur in the world of children and need to be addressed immediately to avoid pain and to assure comfortability of the child. We have a flexible schedule for all dental emergencies.
The best thing to do in an emergency is to get the child out of pain quickly. We have the flexibility in our schedule to dedicate time for dental emergencies. Dr. Echandy and her staff will determine the source of the pain and help your little one feel better. The years of experience in dental pediatrics qualify us to work with children and ensure that the child feels comfortable, along with the rest of his/her family.
This patient had trauma to her tooth which caused the bracket to come off and her tooth to break in half. Her orthodontist took out the wire so that we could perform a composite buildup to restore the tooth. 𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧!
Common dental emergencies
The cause of the toothache can be difficult for a parent to determine. The best advice is to call our office immediately. Do not try to treat the problem yourself by placing aspirin or heat on the aching gum or tooth. If swelling is present, immediate attention is necessary.
Lacerated (cut) lip or tongue
Apply direct firm pressure with gauze or cloth to stop or slow bleeding. If the wound is severe and does not stop bleeding, call the office or immediately go to the emergency room at the hospital. To treat a bruised lip where there is little or no bleeding, apply an ice pack to injured area to help control swelling.
Loose tooth from injury
Call the office so a determination can be made regarding the need to see your child. The need for treatment will be determined by the degree of mobility of the loosened tooth and whether the tooth is a primary (baby) or permanent tooth. The injured tooth may be allowed to “tighten- up “on its own or may need to be stabilized. An injured tooth may turn dark or abscess after an accident. These changes may happen immediately, or years later.
Broken or chipped tooth
Call the office so a determination can be made regarding the need to see your child. The need for treatment will be determined by the degree of the fracture and whether the tooth is primary or permanent. Remove the fractured piece to prevent choking, and do not have your child chew on anything complicated. Chipped teeth can sometimes be bonded to restore proper esthetics and function. A very small chip can be corrected by enamel shaping. A severely fractured tooth may need a crown (cap) and root canal therapy.
Knocked out primary tooth
Find the tooth and call the office. Control bleeding with direct firm pressure with gauze or cloth. The knocked out primary tooth cannot be re-implanted.
Knocked out permanent tooth
Find the tooth and call the office. Sometimes if the tooth is placed back in its socket soon enough, the tooth can be saved. Time is critical. Do not handle the root of the tooth or wipe the tooth clean. If tooth is intact, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have your child hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze or a cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a cup containing the child’s saliva or milk. If the child is old enough, the tooth may be placed in the mouth besides the cheek while you are transporting the child to the dental office.
If you suspect that your child has fractured his/her jaw, try to keep the jaw from moving by using a towel, necktie, or handkerchief to immobilize the jaw. Signs of a fractured jaw include the inability to open the mouth, sideways canting of the jaw upon opening, uneven teeth that appear different than before the accident, and inability to close the teeth together properly.
Take your child immediately to the nearest hospital emergency room!
Apply cold compresses to control swelling.