What to do in the Event of a Dental Emergency

What to do in the Event of a Dental Emergency

Injuries can be scary - especially when they happen with your child. Whether it's a chipped tooth, or a lacerated tongue, if your child is experiencing a dental emergency, then do your best to remain calm and keep these tips from Dr. David Moore at Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry in mind.




Most common dental emergencies

As a parent, you’re more than likely to have a child experience one or more of these common dental emergencies:



There is always a cause behind a toothache. If your child is complaining of pain in any of their teeth, first check for any food or objects that may be stuck. Have your child brush and floss in the affected area to try to remove any impacted food.

If you find your child may have a cavity, mostly evident by a hole in the tooth, Dr. David Moore suggests calling to make an appointment the pediatric dentist as soon as possible. Left untreated, a cavity could develop into an abscess.

Lacerated lip, tongue, or cheek

If your child has bitten or cut their lips, tongue, or cheek, you should first apply pressure with a clean cloth to stop any bleeding. If the cut is accompanied by any swelling, use a cold compress or over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol, to help bring down the swelling.

Broken Tooth

Kids can be rambunctious and it’s not uncommon for dental emergencies to happen when kids are playing. If your child chips or breaks a tooth, you should immediately bring them to their local Harrisburg NC pediatric dentist. If possible, locate the piece of tooth that has broken off, place it in a cup of milk, and bring it with you to the dentist. There may be a possibility it could be reattached and fixed.

Knocked-out Tooth

Just like a fractured tooth, Dr. David Moore recommends making an appointment with your local pediatric dentist if your child has a tooth knocked out. If it was a baby tooth, a dentist visit can confirm that there was no other damage done to other teeth or the jaw.

If an adult tooth was knocked out, it’s important to get to the dentist within 30 minutes for best implantation results. Place the tooth back into the socket and have the child hold it there by biting down on a clean cloth. If the tooth is dirty or fractured, put it in a cup with milk or the child’s saliva when bringing it to the dentist. Remember to hold the tooth by the crown, not the root. Do not try to clean the tooth or handle it more than absolutely necessary.

If you have any questions, please call (704) 377-3687 for assistance. We’re always ready and available to help, even after business hours and on weekends.