Dental Emergencies for Children in Decatur IL
Unfortunately, dental emergencies happen, and if your child is experiencing one, we want to let you know that Dr. Bret and our staff are here for your family. If your child is in severe pain, has a visibly cracked tooth, or has incurred some sort of facial trauma, they are experiencing a true dental emergency. In this situation, please call our office immediately.
We also recognize that emergencies are not limited to office hours only, and we have a plan to make sure that you are covered. Our after-hours emergency line is available 24/7. Just call our regular office line, and the voicemail will provide you with the information you need to reach Decatur pediatric dentist Dr. Bret.
Common Dental Emergencies
Some emergencies should be addressed immediately. If your child is experiencing any of these situations, please call our office right away:
- Knocked-out tooth: Pick up the tooth by the top (crown) and take care not to touch or damage the root. Gently rinse it, without scrubbing, and place it in a clean container or cup of milk – this helps keep the tooth viable so we can try to place it back into your child’s mouth.
- Serious swelling of the cheek or mouth: Swelling of the mouth can indicate an infection, so don’t delay calling our office.
- Cracked or fractured tooth: A cracked or fractured tooth is different than a chipped tooth. When a tooth is fractured, there is often sharp and constant pain. Rinse your child’s mouth out with warm salt water while you call us in order to decrease the risk of infection.
- Severe bleeding: This can occur when a tooth falls out on its own or when trauma has occurred. Apply pressure with clean gauze but call us if the bleeding doesn’t stop on its own after 20 minutes.
- Trauma to the mouth, lips, or tongue: Trauma to the mouth encompasses a lot of different things. Whether your child was hit in the face by a soccer ball or they’ve caught their cheek on the corner of the kitchen table, it is important that they been seen quickly so that the damage can be repaired and we can treat for possible infection.
Do You Need an Emergency Appointment?
A dental emergency occurs when your child’s dental health is at immediate risk. Sometimes, your child may experience an incident that is not a true dental emergency. If you are concerned, you are, of course, welcome to call us so that we can discuss whether your child should be seen and how soon.
- Slight tooth pain or ache: If your child complains of a toothache, please give us a call the next morning so we can determine if they need to be seen.
- Cavity: Cavities are not dental emergencies. They can be treated at our Decatur pediatric dental office at the next available opening.
- Chipped tooth: If your child isn’t experiencing any pain attributed to the chipped tooth, just make sure they chew carefully so that they don’t do further damage before they are able to be seen in our office.
- Teething: While teething pain can be a problem for both you and your child, it is not considered a dental emergency. A frozen teething ring can help alleviate your child’s pain.
Call Your Decatur Pediatric Dentist
Call us at (217) 875-3080 today to make an appointment or if you have any questions. Our after-hours emergency number can be found on our voicemail.