As parents, we make it our mission to keep our children out of harm's way, however, it is important to recognize that regardless of our best efforts, dental emergencies may still happen. To this end, our specialists want to empower parents with the knowledge and resources to handle emergencies outside of the office.
Pediatric Dental Emergencies
Pertaining to pediatric dental emergencies, Dr. Danae Willenberg (pictured below),
a board-certified pediatric dentist and trusted member of the Spring & Sprout Network, advises parents that "most dental pain in children can be managed with ibuprofen and Tylenol. It's safe to give both medications simultaneously, and we recommend alternating doses every 3 hours until the child can be evaluated by a dentist. If there is any facial swelling noted, especially swelling of the lower jaw/face, we recommend a visit to the dentist immediately," as facial swelling can be an indicator of more serious issues. In the event that a dental specialist is unavailable to evaluate your child during a suspected emergency, it is recommended that parents take their child to the Emergency Room for a consultation.
In regards to pediatric dental trauma (i.e. apparent damage to the mouth or teeth), it is best to have children evaluated as soon as possible, either by a dentist or a member of emergency personnel if a dentist is unavailable. "If an adult tooth is knocked out," notes Dr. Willenberg, "it should either be immediately re-implanted or held inside the child's mouth, next to their cheek until they can be seen. If that's not possible, I recommend storing it in milk." While baby teeth that get knocked out don't need to be put back in, children should still be evaluated as soon as possible to rule out any underlying damage.
Ultimately, our specialists recognize that it can be difficult to gauge the severity of dental emergencies in children. For this reason, we encourage parents to consult their specialist
with any questions or concerns they may have about their child's dental care.