Unfortunately, dental emergencies hit when you least expect them. Your little one could be outside playing one day, fall, and knock out one of their baby teeth.
In these moments, it’s very important to take the right steps to make sure your child gets the right care as soon as possible. Here’s what you should do if your child is having a dental emergency.
First, it’s incredibly important to keep your cool and not give your child any more reasons to be worried. If the little one sees you panicking, they are more likely to do so as well.
Try to remain calm and gather as much information about the situation as possible, such as what happened, if the child is in pain, if they are bleeding, etc.
Once you get all the details, you can call Dr. Jonathon Konz at (703) 687-1581 for immediate help.
It may be difficult for you to establish if you truly have a dental emergency on your hands, but by describing the child’s condition on the phone, Dr. Konz can help you make the best decisions for your little one’s oral health.
Dr. Konz may ask you to bring the little one in for an appointment ASAP, or you may be able to get away with a regular appointment the next day or even later.
Either way, there may be some things you need to do right away to help your child in the meantime. For instance, if one of the permanent teeth is knocked out, keep it in an airtight container and fill it with milk to preserve it for reimplantation.
Even if the problem seems to get better once the fear and anxiety levels go down, you should still bring your child in for an appointment.
Dr. Konz will take a look at their teeth and mouth, and make sure everything is alright, or administer the appropriate treatment.
Some dental emergencies may need more than one visit, and it’s important to avoid skipping these follow-up appointments.
Even if we’re just talking about baby teeth, it’s still crucial to make sure they are perfectly healthy and able to support your child throughout their development!
If you suspect your child might be dealing with a dental emergency, don’t wait. Call Dr. Jonathon Konz at (703) 687-1581 right away to get immediate help and see whether you should bring your child in for an emergency dental appointment.
Have more questions about our emergency dental services or other types of dental care? Then you can reach out to the Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry team online, and we’d be happy to answer them all!