Emergency Dental Care
Dental emergencies are common and it is important to know that our pediatric dentists at Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida are available to help you and your child at these unexpected times. If your child experiences a dental emergency, please contact our Maitland or St. Cloud offices as soon as possible. If your child is experiencing a dental emergency after hours, please leave a message on our emergency line so that our dentists can contact you to address your child’s emergency and the need to be seen.
Dental trauma in children is common. The greatest incidence of trauma to the baby teeth occurs between 2-3 years of age, when your child’s motor coordination is developing. The most common injuries to adult teeth are commonly due to falls, accidents and sports. Emergencies can be distressing for both the patient and parent. Remaining calm and taking prompt action will help minimize the damaging effects of the injury, and lessen your child’s discomfort.
Below are a few common dental emergencies and quick tips on how to deal with them until seen by your pediatric dentist.
Toothaches are common in children of all ages. Cavities, impacted food, and even emerging adult teeth can cause discomfort.
Dental Avulsion (knocked-out tooth)
If your child’s tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, contact our office immediately. In general, we do not reimplant baby teeth because this could damage the developing tooth bud of the permanent tooth. You can discuss replacing the baby tooth esthetically with your pediatric dentist if this happens to be a front tooth. We WILL attempt to reimplant an avulsed adult tooth. The reimplantation of the adult tooth is most successful if completed within one hour of the avulsion. Below are a few tips to help in this process:
The crown is the largest, most visible part of the tooth. There are several classifications of crown fractures, ranging from minor enamel cracks (not an emergency) to pulp exposure (requiring immediate treatment).
How you can help: