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If your child is facing a dental emergency, time is of the essence. The sooner they get care, the sooner they’ll be out of pain, and the lower their risk will be of complications and further dental issues. So don’t wait. Call Treehouse Children's Dentistry today, and schedule the care your child needs in Tuscumbia, Killen, or Madison.
How To Handle a Dental Emergency
Wondering what to do about your child’s emergency? Here are a few common situations where your child may need care from Treehouse Children's Dentistry. If you’re in doubt, call us and ask for help!
Cut Lip, Tongue, Or Cheek
Shallow cuts that stop bleeding within a few minutes are nothing to worry about. We recommend applying a clean cotton ball or gauze to the site, and applying pressure to stop the flow of blood. However, if blood flow doesn’t stop or slow within about 10 minutes, call our office. The cut may be deep or severe enough to require stitches.
Facial swelling may indicate a deep tooth infection caused by untreated tooth decay. This is a very serious condition. If you notice facial swelling, you should bring your child to our office right away for treatment. And if they are experiencing any trouble swallowing or breathing, seek immediate medical attention at the closest ER.
If your child has a toothache that won’t get better or feels worse after a day or two, it’s likely that their tooth is infected. This can happen after the tooth is damaged or cracked by dental trauma. If your child has a toothache, you can give your child over-the-counter medication like Tylenol and/or ibuprofen to help with the pain, and apply an ice pack near the area to help with the pain. Then, call Treehouse Children's Dentistry to schedule a consultation with our dental team.
If your child’s mouth is bleeding, use clean gauze or a paper towel to absorb blood. Recover your child’s tooth immediately. Grab it by the top (crown) not the bottom (root). Rinse it off with water, and do not use soap. Put it into a container of cold milk. Then, call our team and let us know you’re coming in for emergency care. Your child’s tooth needs to be replaced within 1-2 hours to save it, so prioritize getting to our office ASAP.
Whether the tooth is chipped, cracked, or completely broken, this is a serious emergency. Call us immediately after your child experiences their injury. If your child’s mouth is bleeding, absorb the blood with clean gauze, a paper towel, or a cotton ball. Recover the tooth fragments, if possible, and bring them in with you. You can give them pain medication and use ice to help with pain until your appointment at Treehouse Children's Dentistry.
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The Importance Of Immediate Care
Getting care right away means you can get your little one out of pain, and get back to your normal routine. You’ll also reduce their risk of further complications, which could cost more money to treat and require additional dental visits to the dentist. But most importantly, you get peace of mind. When you get same-day care from us, you’ll know that your child is in good hands with the team at Treehouse Children's Dentistry.
Common Emergency Procedures For Kids
The right treatment depends on your child, their own unique situation, whether the emergency affects a baby tooth, and lots of other factors. You can trust us to deliver the right care for your little one, including treatments such as:
Dental Crowns - Toothaches and damaged teeth can be a huge burden for kids. If they are needing an immediate solution to damaged or decayed teeth, children's dental crowns can help. Our white zirconia crowns are designed specifically to restore tiny teeth to their former function and look. Your child will no longer have discomfort and will have a solution that will last for years to come.
Tooth Splinting - If your child's tooth has been knocked out, don't hesitate to contact our team! One of our dentists will assess the injury and secure the tooth back into place by using a “splint”. To ensure the tooth heals properly, make sure to follow your dentist's instructions. These may include refraining from contact sports, eating soft foods for at least two weeks, using a soft toothbrush after every meal, and rinsing your child's mouth with chlorhexidine twice a day.
Tooth Extractions - We understand that extractions can be scary for little ones. Pulling your child’s tooth is always the dentist’s last resort when restoring their smile. Our compassionate team and variety of sedation options are here to make your child’s extraction as painless as possible, so they can get back to thriving health.