Some dental emergencies are obvious: a broken tooth that’s been knocked out in an accident, a molar that’s been cracked, or a sudden excruciatingly painful toothache. For situations such as these, we are happy to help and provide the requisite treatment for your children.

But what else constitutes an emergency? In this guide, we’ll tell you exactly how you can tell the difference between something that can wait for office hours, and dental emergencies that require treatment right away.

How to Prepare for a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies can happen anywhere. And any time. The first thing you need to do is remain calm. We have seen every type of dental emergency there is, and we will be able to help. You should also be prepared with the following items:

  • Contact details for your dentist. You may not have access to the internet.

  • Gauze. Use this to try and stop the bleeding.

  • Container. If your child’s tooth is knocked out, use a container for safe transport.

Regular Visits to Your Dentist

Small chips, a very mild toothache, or a lost filling? It can probably wait until tomorrow. However, if your child is experiencing severe pain, bleeding that doesn’t seem to stop, or the tooth is loose and at risk of being lost, you need to get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible. Other symptoms that can be classed as dental emergencies are as follows:

  • Dental abscess. This is an infected tooth and requires an immediate visit to our offices, as a more serious infection in the jaw bone is one of the potential results.

  • Loose or cracked tooth. For example, if a large piece of the tooth is missing, or you notice nerve damage, seek medical attention immediately.

  • Swollen gums.

  • Large chips. Even if dealing with your child’s milk teeth, it’s important to call us. Bacteria can enter through the nerve or pulp, which can lead to infection.

If you’re even in the slightest doubt about your potential emergency, give us a call. We will be happy to help and ascertain the severity of your dental problem. Don’t worry about being a burden or calling for a seemingly trivial reason. No matter the symptoms, we can help provide information on the next steps you should be taking. Remember, treating a dental emergency early can save teeth from extraction.

What To Do Before Seeing Us

Even if we can see you soon after your child’s dental emergency, there are a few things you need to do first:

  • If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, locate it and remove dirt and/or debris. Do not touch the root. Put it in milk, if possible. If it’s a milk tooth, bring it just in case, but you don’t have to be as careful!

  • Cracked tooth? Use warm water to clean up the mouth and tooth. Use a cold compress on the face to help minimize swelling.

  • If something is stuck between your child’s teeth, only use floss. We do not recommend using a toothpick.

The benefits of proper orthodontic treatment and care go far beyond a more pleasing appearance; they include teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime and a healthier mouth. If you’re interested in undergoing orthodontic care, contact Cochran Orthodontics today to schedule your appointment.

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