Emergencies & Prevention
Where are Here for You
If an accident has occurred and your child is suffering from oral discomfort or is experiencing bleeding, our team at Blakeney Pediatric Dentistry will try to get you within our schedule the same day that you call. We understand that this can be a stressful time for you and your child, so timely treatment often leads to the best results in the end. We will do everything we can to get your child out of discomfort and back to their happy selves!
Common Emergency Concerns
KNOCKED OUT TOOTH
Children knocking out or losing a tooth is more common than you may think. Whether the accident occurred from a sports game or an accident, we will do what we can to save the tooth and preserve the mouth. Even if the lost tooth is a baby tooth, if it did not fall out on its own, there could still be parts of the tooth within the gums or the jaw structure may have been damaged. So it is always crucial to visit our Charlotte, NC office if a tooth was lost through any kind of trauma.
If the tooth was cleanly knocked out of the jaw, handle the tooth by the crown, not the root, and place it in a small bag or glass filled with milk. Bring this tooth to our office and we will attempt to reseat the tooth back in the mouth. But if the tooth is broken or unsalvageable, we will help you and your child find an alternative option.
Teeth, or any part of the mouth, should never hurt. Toothache is generally a sign that there is decay present in one or more teeth. The first step you should take is a visual examination of your child’s mouth. Look for any obvious problems or if food is stuck between teeth. For some, toothache could be a sign that a baby tooth is about to fall out and the permanent tooth will soon replace it.
If the toothache persists, our caring team can help treat the problem. Tooth decay can be treated and tooth-colored fillings provided to help your child’s smile stay natural looking. Taking care of decay is important because it does not get better on its own. Untreated decay can lead to a spread of infection and eventual tooth loss!
If your child has suffered a major accident and their jaw appears broken, it is important to take them to the hospital as soon as possible! Once the immediate concern has been treated, our team can come in and address any other concerns after the fracture has been taken care of.
How You can Help Your Child Prevent Dental Injuries
Prevention begins at home. Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits and instructing them on the importance of protecting their teeth means they will be less likely to experience problems. For children active with sports, finding a mouthguard that fits properly can help protect their teeth from damage. And one of the best ways to keep a healthy smile is to schedule routine dental appointments for your little one. When we can see your child every six months, we will be able to identify if anything drastic has changed or let you know of possible concerns down the line, like wisdom teeth or areas of decay.
Have an emergency? Give us a call right away! We’ll do our best to get you seen as soon as possible.