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When Should My Child See an Emergency Dentist?

March 26, 2021 9:57 pm

It can be overwhelming to determine if your child needs to see a dentist for an emergency visit. Let’s talk about some situations where you should come in to Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics for an emergency dental visit and what doesn’t count as an emergency.

What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

There are a few symptoms to watch out for to determine if you need to take your child to a dentist right away. The first symptom to look for is dental pain. If your child complains that their tooth hurts and they can’t focus on anything, then you’ll want to have an emergency dental visit. You should also look for symptoms like swelling or bleeding. Some common dental emergencies include:

  • Cracked, broken or knocked out tooth
  • Toothache
  • Gum swelling
  • Uncontrollable bleeding

What Is Not a Dental Emergency?

While dental pain is usually a sign to see a dentist, you should ask your child how much pain they are in. If it seems to come and go, you’ll still want to see a dentist as soon as possible but it’s not an emergency. If you are unsure about how urgent the situation is, you can give us a call and we can assess the situation.

Does a Knocked-Out Baby Tooth Count as a Dental Emergency?

It’s normal for baby teeth to fall out, but it can be a problem if it happens unnaturally. If your child’s baby teeth were knocked loose or got damaged by an injury, you’ll want to see a dentist immediately. A pediatric dentist can evaluate the teeth and see if there is any further damage. We may also recommend space maintainers to ensure that adult teeth can grow properly in the future.

Emergency Dentist at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

We offer prompt emergency dental care for kids at our office. Please give us a call, and we can offer advice and prepare for you to arrive. We can treat a variety of dental issues and will help your child have a healthy smile again.

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