Children’s Dental Emergencies

children's dental emergencies moorabbin Children are playful by nature. They are also delicate and more prone to injuries than adults.

Their never-ending playfulness makes them unmindful of the things happening around them, causing them to fall, bump into things, and face serious physical injuries.

It is up to us, adults, to look after them and avoid unexpected circumstances.

We can’t look after them at all times. We can’t control them, and thus, they sometimes suffer injuries from accidents, and these injuries include emergencies involving the teeth.

Children’s dental emergencies should be addressed calmly to avoid panicking and worsening the condition.

As adults, we should be knowledgeable of the first aid steps to follow when a child has a dental emergency.

Is it a dental emergency?

How would you know if it’s a dental emergency? What would you do to handle an emergency until your child gets to the dentist?

If you are not sure what a dental emergency is, the following questions might help:

  • Is there bleeding through the mouth?
  • Is there severe pain?
  • Are there any knocked-out teeth?
  • Is there any inflammation in the mouth?
  • Is there any swelling on the gums?

If your answer is YES to any of the questions above, your child might be experiencing a dental emergency, and he/she needs to see a paediatric dentist immediately.

Read on to learn more about the most common children’s dental emergencies and how to manage them at home.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If your child has bitten his/her lip or tongue badly enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with warm water and press a cold compress firmly against the area to reduce or avoid swelling.

Object Caught in Between Teeth

If your child has something lodged between his/her teeth, use dental floss to remove it gently.

Never use a metal, plastic, pointed or sharp tool to remove the stuck object. If you are unable to remove the object with dental floss, call us immediately.

Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth

If your child has chipped or broken his/her tooth, rinse his/her mouth with warm water. Apply a cold compress to reduce or avoid swelling.

Try to locate and keep the tooth fragment that broke off. Call us right away.

Knocked-Out Tooth

If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, locate the tooth and rinse it with water (do not wash with soap), taking care to handle the tooth only by the crown.

Soak the tooth in a container with milk. Call us right away and/or head to Captivate Dental. If you act immediately, it’s possible to save the tooth.

Loose Tooth

If your child has a loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled.

Toothache or Dental Pain

If your child has a toothache, gently rinse his/her mouth with warm water and check the teeth to be sure nothing is stuck between them.

If pain continues, use a cold compress to soothe the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of topical pain reliever to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums.

Children’s pain relievers may be taken orally. Schedule an appointment with your Moorabbin dentist right away.

Broken Jaw

If you know or suspect your child has a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call us and/or head to Captivate Dental.

A broken jaw may be caused by a strong blow to the head. Severe blows to the head, especially to children, can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

Children’s Dental Emergency Management in Moorabbin

If your child has a dental emergency, please call your Moorabbin dentist as soon as possible. We will make sure to accommodate your child and provide an immediate solution.

For patients with busy schedules, we offer Saturday hours as well as late visits on Wednesday (by appointment only).

Captivate Dental serves local communities in Bentleigh, Highett, Hampton East, Cheltenham, and Brighton East.

For more information on  children’s dental emergencies and how to deal with them in Moorabbin, call us on (03) 9553 1249. Visit us on the web, or use our convenient online booking page.

We are located at 46 Station Street in Moorabbin.

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CONTACT INFO

Captivate Dental

Address: 46 Station Street, Moorabbin, VIC 3189

Phone: (03) 9553 1249

Email: info@captivatedental.com.au

Opening Hours

Mon-Tue: 8:30am-5:30pm

Wed: 8:30am-7:00pm

Thu-Fri: 8:30am-5:30pm

Sat: 8:30am-1:00pm

(Appointment by prior booking on Wednesdays)

Parking/Public Transport

We are 2 min walk from Moorabbin Station

Our onsite parking is free and very easy to access

LOCATION

Captivate Dental is located in Moorabbin only short stroll from Moorabbin Station, Kingston City Hall and Energy Deal.

Moorabbin dentist also serving local communities in Bentleigh, Highett, Hampton East, Cheltenham and Brighton East.

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