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Pediatric Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies and oral trauma are some of the most common injuries for children to experience. Accidents can happen at any time. If you live in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Austin, or Hutto, Shine Pediatric Dental Co. delivers fast and compassionate emergency treatment for children of all ages.

Common Children's Dental Emergencies

Dr. Sarah frequently provides urgent and emergency dental treatments for conditions like:
  • Tooth Fractures and Breaks: Children are naturally active and prone to accidents that can lead to chipped or broken teeth. Especially if they're involved in athletics or like to play outdoors. Collect any broken tooth fragments and contact Shine Pediatric Dental Co. immediately so that we can walk you through the next steps.
  • Knocked-Out Teeth: A knocked-out tooth is a time-sensitive situation. Carefully pick up the tooth by the crown (avoid touching the root) and rinse it with water if it's visibly dirty. If it's an adult tooth, try to reinsert it into the socket. If that's not possible or it's a baby tooth, put it in a sealed container and cover it with milk to keep it moist; bring it to our office immediately.
  • Loose or Displaced Teeth: If your child gets hit in the mouth and their tooth is loose, gently move the tooth back to its original location. Have them bite on a clean cloth to keep the tooth in place if needed, and then call our office. Applying a cold compress to the side of their mouth can help alleviate any swelling.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Cuts to the lips, tongue, cheeks, or gums are common and typically result in heavy bleeding. Clean the area gently and apply a clean cloth or gauze to control bleeding. If bleeding persists, seek immediate medical attention.

Steps to Take in a Dental Emergency

  • Stay Calm: Your child looks up to you for reassurance. Staying calm will help them remain composed during the situation.
  • Assess the Situation: Determine the severity of the emergency. Is there bleeding? Is a tooth completely knocked out? Apply pressure or a cold compress to help with swelling, pain, or bleeding. Tooth fragments should be located, if possible, then placed in milk or saline and brought to our office as soon as possible.
  • Contact Shine Pediatric Dental Co.: Call our office immediately. Our team is experienced in handling children's dental emergencies and will provide you with personalized advice.
  • Provide Comfort: Help make your child as comfortable as possible by applying a cool compress and giving them over-the-counter pain relief as directed.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

Prevention is always the best approach to minimize the risk of dental emergencies. If your child is involved in sports or activities with potential impact, ensure they wear proper protective gear, such as mouthguards. Custom mouthguards do more than just reduce the risk of oral injuries; they can also lower your child's chances of a concussion.

Routine visits to Shine Pediatric Dental Co. allow us to identify and address potential dental concerns before they escalate into painful emergencies.
Pediatric Dental Emergencies in Round Rock, TX - Shine Pediatric Dental Co.

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