Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Get Quality Help For Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Dental accidents can occur anywhere, at any time. So, knowing how to handle such an emergency can mean the difference between losing or saving your child’s permanent tooth. What should you do?

For all pediatric dental emergencies, you should visit the dentist immediately. Our experienced dentists from Sacramento River Dental Group are here to help you. Keep reading for frequently asked questions.

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What Is the Most Common Dental Emergency?

Syncopy is generally the most common medical emergency in dentistry. The good news is that it’s also one of the easiest to manage.

The primary reason it’s so popular is because of patient fear. In most cases, it occurs when the doctor administers an anesthetic injection to the patient.

What Are Common Dental Emergencies?

All dental emergencies are awful! Fortunately, numerous dentists offer quality emergency dental services. However, the treatment for dental emergencies will generally differ based on the type of emergency.

Here are common dental emergencies:

1. Knocked-Out Tooth

You can suffer a dislodged tooth for many different reasons. For example, you might have fallen down the stairs, crashed your bike, walked (embarrassingly) into a glass door, or any of a long list of possible incidents.

Although a knocked-out tooth can be painful, it can be reattached with a simple procedure once you act fast and handle the knocked-out tooth with care. Contact your emergency dentist within half an hour of losing the tooth while ensuring to handle that tooth only by the crown.

2. Broken Or Cracked Tooth

A broken or cracked tooth is one from other pediatric dental emergencies that you must take care of promptly after it occurs. In this case, you should try to save every piece of your tooth if possible.

Then, rinse your mouth using warm water to leave the spot clean. Applying a cold compress will also help lessen any swelling.

3. Dental Abscess

The term “dental abscess” refers to a pocket of pus inside a tooth caused by an infection. Such an infection may result from an injury, untreated cavity, or old dental work.

A professional dentist will drain the abscess to remove the infection. Typically, you can save your tooth with a root canal. However, the tooth will sadly have to be pulled in a difficult situation. When a dental abscess is neglected, it often leads to life-threatening problems.

4. Severe Toothache

Have you been struggling with persistent tooth pain? You can take several steps to ease your discomfort before contacting a dentist. First, try rinsing your mouth using warm water to flush that area and ensure it’s clean. Next, softly use floss to rid any food caught between your teeth.

Perhaps swishing with warm water and frequent flossing doesn’t help? If so, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with a specialist in pediatric dental emergencies so they can fix the issue before it deteriorates.

Should I Take My Child to the ER for a Toothache?

If your kid is experiencing severe tooth pain, you may wonder whether they should go to the ER? Well, here’s what you should know:

First, visiting the ER for a toothache is rarely the best option. Although it might seem intuitive to go to the emergency room whenever your child is in pain, there are several reasons why this isn’t a good option in most scenarios. Some of these reasons include:

  • ERs might not have dentists on staff
  • Going to the ER is very expensive
  • Tooth pain is rarely a life-threatening issue

That said, you may also think that visiting the ER is not always a good idea if your kid has tooth pain or has any dental emergency. However, that’s not entirely true.

Undoubtedly, go to the ER once you think your kid’s life is at risk. For example, if their mouth or face is swelling, they have a broken jaw because of a severe accident, or they are showing concussion signs after a serious impact to the head, you MUST go to the ER.

But, if your child’s condition and discomfort are minor, it would be prudent to call Sacramento River Dental Group in Sacramento to discuss the issue with their experienced team.

What Are Some of the Common Childhood Dental Problems?

Now, let’s take a closer look at some of the most common pediatric dental emergencies. First, they will help you identify when to take your child to a dentist.


Sadly, toothaches are the most common emergency call dentists receive and seldom occur without a cause. The primary causes of a toothache are decay, trauma, or abscess (infection).

Broken Tooth

There’s no denying that kids tend to fall often, and these accidents may result in a broken tooth. But, more often than not, the front teeth sustain the injury. Seeking professional help may be necessary.

Knocked out tooth (or Dental Avulsion)

Has your child’s tooth been “knocked out”? Ensure that you do NOT panic because this will only alarm your kid more. Ring your child’s pediatric dentist as soon as possible, and they’ll give you the appropriate steps to take to address the situation. The steps may vary based on whether it’s a baby tooth or an adult tooth.

Dental Concussion

The term “dental concussion” refers to when a tooth has been hit but hasn’t been fractured or dislodged. This occurs more often in younger kids and can cause the teeth to get discolored (temporarily or permanently). Typically, this injury doesn’t need treatment, and that tooth needs to be monitored.

Remember, calling a dental expert and scheduling an evaluation is always best.

Get Help for Pediatric Dental Emergencies

When your child encounters pediatric dental emergencies, it can be scary and stressful. For example, Sacramento River Dental Group in Sacramento is always ready to help care for your toddler or teen and provide them with the best care possible.

Do you need emergency pediatric dental care? Don’t hesitate to give us a call! You can also book an appointment today to help prevent severe dental complications down the road for your child.

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