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Dealing with dental emergencies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Dental emergencies are one of the most common reasons children are sent to the emergency room. Doctors see everything from knocked out teeth to serious dental infection, which often require emergency surgery. That’s why it’s important to know what to do if it happens to your child. 

Dental infection is one of the most common things ER doctors see, according to Dr. Shannon Cohen with Children's Hospital. These infections often require surgery and sometimes a stay in the hospital. One common type of infection is an abscess, which affects the tooth or gums. It is noticeable by a swollen sack of pus, caused by bacteria. It must be treated as soon as possible. 

If a child has a tooth knocked out, you should find the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown, not the root. Clean the tooth and try to put it back in its socket right away and hold it in place. Or, store it in cold milk -- not water -- and get to a dentist or the ER right away.

If a child cracks a tooth, rinse their mouth with water to clean it, put cold compresses on their face to quell swelling and see the child's dentist as soon as possible

When your child bites their tongue or lip, clean the area and apply a cold compress. If the injury seems serious, or won't stop bleeding, take the child to the ER.

Finally, for a broken jaw, apply a cold compress, hold the jaw in place and take the child to the ER immediately.

For more information follow these links.

Dental Emergencies: What Parents Need To Know (American Academy of Pediatrics)

First Aid: Teeth Injuries

Abscess

Peritonsillar Abscess


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