Children have many accidents that can lead to damaged teeth. A fall on the playground, a bad sports injury, or a trip to the emergency room can all result in a child breaking their tooth. When your child is experiencing an emergency toothache, acting quickly and bringing them in for treatment as soon as possible is essential. In cases of trauma to the mouth, seeing the pediatric dentist at Bend Children's Dentistry is necessary to ensure teeth are stabilized and that there is no risk of infection spreading throughout the mouth. In some cases, a broken tooth could also affect your child’s ability to eat and speak. Damage to primary teeth can also impact the growth of permanent teeth as they attempt to replace the primary teeth that have been lost to injury.
Common Dental Emergency
Pain in the Teeth and Gums
While tooth pain is a common problem among people of all ages, it can be especially concerning in children because of their age and the sensitivity that comes with it. If your child is experiencing pain in their mouth or gums, try to determine the cause so you can act quickly. If the pain persists over a day after trying home remedies, contact your dentist immediately.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
Although adult teeth are meant to grow out and be replaced with permanent teeth, this isn’t the case for primary teeth. Primary teeth are responsible for helping children learn to eat and talk properly. Without them, development can be delayed. That’s why seeing a pediatric dentist as soon as possible is essential if a primary tooth is broken or chipped. A dentist can repair the damage to help your child avoid future issues with their smile.
Benefits of Emergency Dental Care for Children
Sometimes, children need emergency dental care at night or on weekends when your regular dentist's office is closed. A pediatric dentist is on call to care for your child at any time of the day or night and on weekends. This can save your child’s tooth from an emergency extraction and allow their smile to continue developing typically.
Children can suffer from oral injuries, such as broken or knocked-out teeth. Without prompt dental care, these injuries can become much more severe and even cause permanent damage to your child’s smile. At your emergency dentist appointment, we can treat any trauma to the teeth and address any other issues your child is having with their oral health.
Dental emergencies can be scary and stressful for children and parents, but knowing what to expect should help ease some of the anxiety. If you’re concerned about your child’s dental health, contact Bend Children's Dentistry at 2190 NE Professional Court, Suite 200, Bend, OR 97701, or call (541) 907-1611.
2190 NE Professional Court, Suite 200, Bend, OR 97701