Four Common Kids' Dental Emergencies

Posted by LITTLE BYTES PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY on Jun 28 2022, 12:02 PM

A dental emergency can happen at any time to children. It is extremely important to know the right action to save the child from dental complications. Listed below are major dental emergencies that happen to children.

Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth is an obvious dental emergency. A broken tooth can be painful, and can also expose the inside of your tooth to possible infection. If a baby tooth gets knocked out, try to locate it right away. If you can, gently place the tooth back into the socket. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk. Bring your child to the dentist right away.

If the tooth can’t be saved, your dentist may recommend a space maintainer. This custom-made appliance holds the space open until the permanent tooth comes in.


Toothaches are extremely common in kids, and this can be for a variety of reasons. A cavity or loose filling can cause pain. Other times, there may be an infection or abscess that needs to be treated by a dentist.

Toothaches can be severe. If you have a toothache, you need to see a dentist right away. The earlier you get treated, the quicker your pain will go away.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

A broken tooth is often painful. A broken tooth that falls out completely will need to be re-implanted into the gums. If a tooth has been chipped, it should be smoothed over with a dental composite or dental bonding to prevent further damage and sensitivity.

Object Caught in Teeth

For kids, it’s easy for an object to become lodged between two teeth. Objects caught between teeth, such as sticky candy or popcorn kernels, can irritate the gum tissue and soft tissue. Gentle care, such as rinsing with salt water, can help to temporarily relieve discomfort. If discomfort persists, or if an object is substantial enough to become stuck, a dental visit is recommended.

If an object is lodged between the teeth, individuals should refrain from using sharp or pointed objects in an attempt to remove it; instead, visit a dental professional who can gently remove the object.

To learn more about Little Bytes Pediatric Dentistry, Palo Alto or to schedule an appointment to meet Dr. Michelle, her team and to tour their office call today (650) 322-9837.

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