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How to Handle Kid’s Dental Emergencies

October 7, 2022
Posted By: All Smiles Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

Back in the 1980s, a cartoon called G.I. Joe found an audience that persists today. Many who grew up then may remember that each episode ended with a PSA and the tagline "knowing is half the battle." When considering your child's potential need for emergency dental care, this bit of advice couldn't be more relevant. After all, who wants to spend time desperately searching for a kid's emergency dentist near me as their little one is in pain?

Instead, while life is calmer and more collected, the team at All Smiles Orthodontics and Children's Dentistry recommends that you establish a trusting relationship with your Corona dentist, so you know just who to call in case you need urgent care. That's the first half of the battle. Knowing how to handle common dental emergencies is the other half.

What to Do with a Broken or Knocked-Out Tooth

Sporting injuries, accidental falls, and other physical trauma are among the most common dental emergencies your child may experience. The first thing we want you to do is to check for potential fractures or lacerations with considerable bleeding. You should first visit an emergency room for medical attention for this type of injury.

If your child has knocked out a tooth, your response depends on if it's a baby tooth. In many cases, we won't reimplant a baby tooth but will recommend a spacer to keep the surrounding teeth aligned. But if it's a permanent tooth, you should take immediate action because we may be able to save it if we see your child immediately. We recommend that you avoid touching the tooth's roots and keep the tooth root moist in saliva or milk and see us right away.

How to Handle a Toothache

Some dental trauma is less evident than a broken or lost tooth but still requires urgent care. The main symptom in these situations will be tooth pain with redness, heat, or inflammation at the pain site. Of course, we never want your child to suffer from dental pain, so we'll prioritize relieving their pain before we move on to addressing their oral health status.

Emergency Dental Care for Children in Corona, CA

At All Smiles Orthodontic & Children's Dentistry, we reserve openings in our schedule for your child's dental emergency. We are unique because we don't charge for emergency exams or x-rays. We encourage you to call our dental office immediately if you need urgent dental care.

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