In case of a physical emergency, parents and caregivers are quite confident in deciding when to bring a child to the emergency room, if they can wait to be seen in a convenient urgent care center or health care clinic, or should schedule an appointment with their own regular pediatrician. However, if a child has been in any kind of accident or received an injury to their mouth, decisions must be quickly made regarding a tooth that has been completely knocked out of the mouth and other related dental emergencies. Mid-County Endodontic Group P.A., your emergency kids dentist in Westwood offers the following information as a general guide to help ensure your child’s oral health and safety.
If your child has suffered an injury that causes their tooth to become avulsed or totally removed from the mouth, instant treatment is required. If possible try to put the tooth back in its socket and if this is not feasible, make sure the tooth is kept moist by keeping it in a container of milk or water. The professionals at Mid-County Endodontic Group P.A. recommend you contact your pediatric or general dentist with this emergency immediately. Your child will likely need to have their tooth repositioned, splinted and may require root canal treatment within a week or two. Additionally, as your emergency kids dentist in Westwood, we also may provide root canal therapy within a few weeks of your child receiving an injury that causes a dislodged tooth depending on the severity of pulp damage incurred.
Two additional procedures your child may require if they suffer an injury to an immature tooth include apexogensis and apexification. Apexogenesis involves encouraging their tooth’s root to continue development by covering the area with medication and if the pulp heals, no additional treatment is required. Apexificiation occurs if the unhealthy pulp needs to be removed and further services are needed. Information offered here is a general guide and the knowledgeable professional team Mid-County Endodontic Group P.A., your emergency kids dentist in Westwood, will be able to further address and questions or concerns you may have about your child’s treatment during an office visit.