Pediatric Dental Emergency

Is your child complaining about dental pain? Do they have a broken or dislodged tooth? The first question that probably came to your mind was, “Where is there a children’s emergency dentist near me?” Children’s Dentistry of Knoxville is the children’s emergency dentist Knoxville residents can always turn to in their time of need. If we can’t assist you for some reason, you can always contact East Tennessee Children’s Hospital or UT Hospital to be seen immediately.

What is a dental emergency?

The most common dental emergencies tend to be caused by sudden accidents that fracture or dislodge teeth. Problems like toothaches and infections don’t typically start out as emergencies and usually only reach emergency status if they are left untreated.

Symptoms like excessive pain, swelling, bleeding, or difficulty swallowing or breathing usually indicate that emergency assistance is necessary. If you are unsure if your child is experiencing a dental emergency, please give our office a call right away and we can help you determine the severity of the affliction and prepare our office for your arrival.

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How do I help with my child’s dental pain?

If your child has a toothache, have them rinse their mouth with warm salt water to reduce the inflammation. A cold compress can also be used to numb the area. You can give them any over-the-counter pain medication that they usually take if necessary. Even when your child is no longer in pain, we still recommend that you bring them in as soon as possible so we can assess them and find a permanent solution.

Is a broken tooth an emergency?

There are cases in which a broken tooth is not an emergency and does not require immediate attention. If your child breaks or chips a tooth at night for example, you can schedule an appointment for the following day, provided your child is not in pain or bleeding excessively. A broken tooth should not be left untreated however, as they can become infected.

What should I do if my child breaks a tooth?

Have them rinse their mouth out with warm water and apply pressure to the area if there is any bleeding. A cold compress should also be applied to reduce swelling around the affected area. Then give our office a call so we can schedule an appointment or have our team prepare for your emergency visit.

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