Pearl City, HI
The last thing any parent wants is for their little one to experience any kind of toothache or other dental emergency.
Unfortunately, emergencies are rarely so considerate. When your child needs help fast, Oahu Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Jason is your emergency pediatric dentist.
All you have to do is reach out to us and we will advise you on what to do next. Here at Oahu Pediatric Dentistry, we are happy to help with any pediatric dental emergency that you might have.
Dental emergencies in young children can be very alarming. It can be difficult to know what to do, and it can be just as difficult to avoid panicking.
It is often made worse in children that are very young because they are unable to explain to you what is hurting them.
If your young child has a dental emergency, then bring them into our office straight away. Our expert dentists will know how to find out what the problem is and will know how to deal with it.
Toothaches are a common childhood ailment, typically manifesting as an uncomfortable or intense pressure in the jaw or gums.
Often, these little aches are just that, and will fade in around 30 minutes or less. Sometimes, though, toothaches can last longer.
If your child has a toothache that persists for more than half an hour, or is experiencing debilitating discomfort, then you should call us immediately so we can take a look at what might be going on.
Kids are rambunctious, and it is not uncommon for a tumble to result in a tooth that is cracked or fractured.
While a small crack might not seem like a big deal, the truth is that infection spreads fast through tiny baby teeth, and the nerve within is especially vulnerable.
We want to avoid the nerve dying at all costs to prevent the need for surgery, so call us as soon as you notice a fracture.
Prematurely Lost Tooth
Sometimes a fall does not just fracture a tooth, but can knock it out entirely. Above all else, keep a cool head in these situations.
Children can sense panic, especially in their parents, so encourage them to stay calm by being calm yourself.
Call us right away so we can give you further instructions. If the lost tooth is an adult tooth, make every attempt to locate it so that it can be replanted.
A dental concussion is what happens when a tooth is impacted but does not fracture or fall out.
Toddlers are especially prone to these accidents, and you may notice an oddly discolored tooth in their mouth.
This is a sign of a dental concussion. While this discoloration can look concerning, most dental concussions are nothing to be worried about.
You only need to call us if the discoloration darkens or turns black, as this indicates a dying tooth.
Preventing Dental Emergencies in the First Place
Emergencies are an unavoidable fact of life, but there are still steps that you can take to reduce their likelihood and give your child the best chance of a healthy smile.
That means encouraging the reduction of bad habits like thumb sucking, chewing on fingernails and pencils, and crunching on popcorn kernels or ice that can damage soft enamel.
If your child plays sports, especially contact sports, invest in a custom-fitted mouthguard.
Finally, the best way to be proactive is by bringing your child in every six months for their dental check-up so we can continually educate them on how best to care for their teeth.
Dental emergencies will often involve considerable pain.
This can include problems with orthodontics. One of the first steps after an initial and brief examination is to help relieve the child's pain as soon as possible.
In some cases, there may be a need for a tooth extraction or some other surgical operation. In such cases, we will need to administer a local anesthetic which will help relieve the pain quickly and effectively.
Orthodontic Apparatus Problems
All orthodontic apparatus are designed to fit perfectly and provide minimal discomfort. Regardless, some children might still experience some considerable discomfort.
Problems can also arise through damage caused by playing or maybe through eating candies and other hard foods. If the discomfort becomes too severe, it can become an emergency.
If you are unsure of what to do, you should call us first. We can suggest the correct procedures you should follow before bringing your child to our office.
Once they are in our office, we will deal with the problem quickly to help relieve their discomfort.
Regardless of the cause, our dental experts are on hand to help deal with your emergency right away.
What are Common Causes for Emergencies?
Children tend to like sweet foods, while they also often have poor dental hygiene habits if not closely supervised.
This can mean them going to bed at night with sugar still on their teeth, and this is likely to accelerate tooth decay. This, in turn, can lead to the need for emergency tooth extractions
Another common cause of emergencies is accidents.
Children are often hurting themselves when playing and this can lead to injuries of the jaw and teeth.
Again, this can lead to the need for emergency tooth extractions and other treatments.
When dealing with emergencies, we will also help ensure your child's oral health and well-being in the long term. It can be important to ensure that a young child will continue to develop properly after an injury or another dental emergency.
Our expert team will do all they can to ensure that your child grows up to have a beautiful and healthy smile.
If your child has experienced a pediatric dental emergency, then call Oahu Pediatric Dentistry, your emergency dentist for kids, right away at (808) 201-9956 so one of our skilled staff members can advise you on the best course of action.
We are your emergency dental office here in Oahu!