Identifying a True Dental Emergency for Your Child
Due to the pandemic, Pediatric Dental Associates & Orthodontics is closed for all appointments until further notice. But staff are still available to help with dental and orthodontic emergencies, as well as billing. Learning to spot a true dental emergency in your child will be especially important in the coming weeks.
If a child is complaining of pain, and Tylenol isn’t helping, give the clinic a call. Swelling in the gums creating a blister or pimple that is bothering them is another reason to call. It may be signs of an infection.
PDAO also wants to know if a child falls and hits their teeth, chipping or damaging them.
If a parent calls, the clinic will be able to triage that and talk about what to do in the meantime.
One of the biggest emergencies to call for is if a permanent tooth gets knocked out. It’s a slightly higher risk right now due to kids being out of school and possibly outside playing more.
If that happens, and you have the tooth in your hand, PDAO advises to hold it by the bottom and not the root. Try to put that tooth back into the mouth where it came out. Should that not be an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk, and clinic staff will provide further instructions. This is a situation where staff will see you.
Broken teeth might be in a similar situation, depending on if it’s a baby tooth or permanent tooth and where it’s broken.
Depending on those things, staff might not be able to repair the tooth, but they could put a sealant over it to protect against sensitivity.
For any of those emergencies, call PDAO at (479) 582-0600, and follow the prompts.