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How Do I Know If My Child Has a True Dental Emergency?

November 5, 2021

How Do I Know If My Child Has a True Dental Emergency?

At Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we take dental emergencies seriously. We are proud to offer trusted urgent care services to new and existing patients in north Phoenix, AZ, and the surrounding areas. You can always trust our team for the highest level of care!

Preparing for a Dental Emergency

Dental emergencies can develop when you least expect, and it always helps to be prepared. We recommend keeping our number on hand: (480) 284-5076. If your child experiences a dental emergency, please contact our office right away.

If your child’s emergency is life-threatening, please call 911 immediately!

Is Your Child Experiencing a True Dental Emergency?

If you’re not sure whether the situation you’re dealing with is a true dental emergency, consider the following symptoms:

  • Intense, persistent tooth pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding from the mouth
  • Swelling in the mouth or the facial area
  • A fractured, chipped, loose, or knocked-out tooth
  • A blow to the mouth or face
  • Injury to the lips, tongue, gums, or cheeks
  • Bulges or bumps on the gums.

The above symptoms may indicate that your child is experiencing a true dental emergency that requires immediate care. When you contact your North Phoenix emergency dentist at Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we will offer tips on stabilizing your child’s condition before you get to your emergency appointment.

What are the Most Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies?

Here are some common dental emergencies and things you can do to help:

Severe Tooth Pain: Toothaches may develop due to deep decay, infection, fractures, or trauma. If the pain persists, contact us for an emergency appointment. Meanwhile, cleanse the area with warm water and use floss to gently dislodge any trapped food between the teeth. If there is any swelling, a cold compress will help.

Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Tooth: We do not recommend reattaching a knocked-out baby tooth to prevent any damage to the permanent tooth developing behind the scenes. If an adult tooth is knocked out, gently rinse it without touching the roots and insert it into its socket using gentle pressure. If that’s not possible, place it in a container of cold milk and seek immediate emergency care.

Dislodged Tooth: Dislodged baby teeth generally heal on their own. However, permanent teeth require emergency dental care. Place cold compresses on the affected area and contact our office right away.

Dental Intrusion: A tooth is sometimes pushed upward into the jaw due to trauma. That can injure the tooth’s ligament and fracture its socket. Rinse your child’s mouth with cold water and use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Contact our dental office right away.

Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Tooth: Apinkish or yellowish shade inside a broken or cracked tooth usually indicates an emergency. Make sure to call us right away. Meanwhile, have your child rinse gently and place a cold compress on the affected area.

Injury to the Lips, Tongue, or Cheeks: Light, firm pressure can help control any bleeding as you head to your emergency appointment. However, you’ll need to take your child to the nearest emergency room if you can’t control the bleeding.

Emergency Dental Care in Phoenix, AZ

At Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we are fully prepared and equipped to provide our young patients with the best possible emergency dental services. You can always trust our highly trained, compassionate team for outstanding, gentle care!