Emergency Pediatric Dentist
Your child has suffered an injury to one (or more) of the primary incisors. This web page is intended to help you understand what you can expect to happen, plus what may occur that will indicate that the tooth is taking a less favourable course. We are available for emergency pediatric dentist care.
SWELLING AND/OR BLEEDING
A, If swelling/bleeding is present in gums, the child should be seen in office within a week.
B, If the child’s face is swollen, they must be seen in office the same day.
A, If gum boils is present with facial swelling, the child must be seen immediately in office.
B, If change in colour of teeth without facial swelling, the child can be seen anytime – not an emergency.
Broken tooth from a fall or other trauma – if the tooth has moved (in or out) must be seen in office same day.
TRAUMA – YOU CAN EXPECT THE FOLLOWING REACTIONS:
- Change in colour of the tooth
The tooth (teeth) will probably darken over a period of time, eventually turning quite dark. Usually the colour will be a charcoal grey, although it may be brown, yellow, purple or a lighter colour. This will begin to lighten again, returning to a colour similar to how the tooth appeared before the injury, but not quite as snow white.
The bone that supports the tooth has been expanded by the injury, which will make the tooth more mobile. As the bone returns to a normal position, the tooth will also become less mobile.
- Bleeding and swelling
As with any injury, the normal reaction of the injured tissues (in this case, the gums and/or lips) will bleed and/or swell. A cold pack will help decrease that swelling and a warm salt water rinse will promote healing of any cuts.
Fortunately, children do not usually suffer much pain from injuries to teeth ( except for the period immediately after the injury ). Occasionally there will be pain if the child tries to chew with the injured tooth. As with any injury, the area should be “babied” to avoid irritating the injury.
YOU SHOULD WATCH FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Change in eating or sleeping habits
If your child’s normal eating patterns change (in particular, if he/she complains when chewing or drinking something cold) or if your child is not sleeping, another assessment is appropriate
- Gum boils
This will appear on the gums in the area where the gums and lips meet. Gum boils look like a small blister or pimple on the gums.
- Increased swelling, looseness or pain
If any of the “expected reactions” become worse, the area should be re-examined.
IF IN DOUBT, DON’T HESITATE TO CALL THE OFFICE ABOUT YOUR CHILD