Unfortunately, almost everyone faces a dental emergency at some point in their lives, and when your child is suffering from a dental emergency, that can be very hard for parents to watch. Luckily, if your child is in the midst of dental trauma, you can get them the help they need from an emergency pediatric dentist. If you’ve never had to deal with an emergency dentist, you may be wondering about the process. Here’s what you need to know.
An emergency pediatric dentist is a dental professional who is equipped to deal with a variety of oral emergencies, but they are also a general dentist who can handle preventative and general dental care. In an emergency, these dental professionals can provide your child with immediate treatment that may eliminate pain, save a tooth, or prevent serious infection from spreading.
If your child is suffering from intense pain that won’t be quelled by an ibuprofen and that is preventing them from sleeping, that is a sign they have an infection, and you should seek emergency dental assistance. In a worst case scenario, a severe infection can be life threatening.
Similarly, if your child has lost a tooth or is bleeding profusely, you should immediately contact an emergency pediatric dentist or visit your nearest emergency room. If you’re not sure, err on the side of caution, and contact the dentist. Dentists would rather have you call for help than have you ignore the situation and inadvertently put your child in danger.
Unfortunately, most emergency pediatric dentists are not 24/7. If your child has an emergency during the clinic regular hours, you can call, and they will see you as soon as possible. Most dentists leave room in their days so they can take emergency cases, and they’re often willing to stay after closing hours to treat your child.
However, if it is the middle of the night or a weekend, you can try contacting the dentist, but in severe situations, if you cannot get ahold of an emergency dentist, you should call 911 and take your child to the emergency room.
When you make an appointment with an emergency pediatric dentist, take some time to let them know what’s happening over the phone. Then, they can give you instructions on what to do. For instance, if your child has a knocked out tooth, they may advise you to put it in some milk and get to the clinic as quickly as possible. In other cases, they may advise you to give your child a certain medication, apply ice to the area, or rinse with salt water. The instructions vary based on the situation.
If you need an emergency pediatric dentist, contact us at FUNtastic Dental today. We are a pediatric dentist in the Long Beach area, and we pride ourselves on offering a fun, anxiety-free experience, even in the midst of an emergency.