Children’s Dental Emergencies
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322 Vincent St, Leederville
Your Leederville dentist offers compassionate care in a child-friendly environment. We understand that many children are anxious when visiting the dentist, so we strive to make every child feel safe and relaxed during the treatment process.
If you feel that your child is suffering oral pain or another dental emergency, please contact us to schedule treatment.
Tips for Urgent Dental Situations
Bitten cheek, lip, or tongue
If your child has bitten his/her lip, cheek, or tongue, gently clean the area with lukewarm water and apply a cold compress to reduce or avoid swelling. Call us immediately to help determine how serious the bite wound is.
Object caught in teeth
If your child has something lodged between their teeth, try to remove the object using dental floss. Never use a metal, plastic, or pointed tool to remove the stuck object. If you are unable to dislodge the object with dental floss, give us a call immediately.
When a tooth/teeth have been knocked out, it is important to preserve the tooth and get your child to your dentist as soon as possible. To save the tooth, it must be kept moist.
If it is dirty, gently rinse it with lukewarm water, but leave any tissue fragments in place. Then, if it is a permanent tooth, try to insert the tooth back into the socket very carefully.
If you are unable to do this, place the tooth in the mouth, next to the cheek, or soak it in milk/water with a bit of salt. Visit your dentist as soon as possible, ideally within 15-20 minutes.
A loose temporary tooth is normal and expected, but a loose permanent tooth is quite another case. If your child’s tooth didn’t loosen naturally, have your Leederville dentist look at the tooth to determine the right treatment.
In some cases, the tooth might need to be extracted, and this should be performed in the dentist’s office. If the tooth is removed due to an injury, your dentist might place a spacer to keep other teeth in place, and away from the space until the permanent tooth grows.
Cracked or broken tooth
Find any tooth fragments and bring them to your dentist. To clean the area inside the mouth, rinse with warm water, making sure there are no tooth fragments between the cheek and jaw. Take your child to Dentists on Vincent as soon as possible, and we may be able to bond the fragment to the tooth.
Dental pain can range from minor irritation to a dental emergency. Make sure the mouth is clean, and any food that may be stuck is removed by gentle brushing or flossing, then rinse with lukewarm water.
If you suspect your child has fractured his/her jaw, keep the jaw from moving by using a towel, necktie, or handkerchief to immobilise the jaw. Go to your dentist immediately.
Signs of a fractured jaw include:
- Inability to open the mouth
- Sideways canting of the jaw upon opening
- Uneven teeth that appear different from before the accident
- Inability to close the teeth together properly
A cold compress will help reduce or avoid swelling until you reach the dentist.
Safety Tips to Avoid a Dental Emergency
There are many simple precautions to take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth:
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sports or participating in recreational activities.
- NEVER use teeth to cut or open objects. Use scissors instead (supervised if a young child).
- Do not run around with objects inside your mouth, such as toothbrush, pencils, or suckers.
- Use gates to block stairs and dangerous areas from young children.
- Visit your Leederville dentist twice a year to make sure your teeth are healthy and strong.
Children’s Dental Emergencies in Leederville
At Dentists on Vincent, we are here to help you, any time, any day. When your child’s dental health is at risk, we will do everything we can to make sure that he/she is treated immediately.
While dental emergencies are rare, they can still happen, especially to children, and it’s important to know how to take care of their teeth no matter what happens.
Dentists on Vincent serves local communities in Leederville, West Leederville, Northbridge, North Perth, Wembley, Floreat, Mount Hawthorn, Subiaco, Menora, Coolbinia, and Jolimont.
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We are located at 322 Vincent Street in Leederville.
How soon should my child see a dentist if a tooth is loosened or knocked out?
What can I do to be prepared?
- Your Leederville dentist’s phone numbers (home and office)
- Small container with lid
- Ibuprofen (Not aspirin. Aspirin may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency)
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