Emergency Dental Care for Children in Worcester

Dental emergencies can happen at any time. In those instances, turn to an emergency dental care team that your family can rely on. Anyone can require emergency dental services — including your kids. We want to help you be aware of potential emergencies, so you know what to do in those situations, including knowing when it's time to call your emergency dentist in Worcester.

Most Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies

The following are what our emergency dentist in Worcester treats kids for most often.

Toothache

A toothache can be caused by something as simple as a popcorn kernel stuck in the gums to something more complicated, like nerve damage from a large cavity.

Ask your child what type of pain they are experiencing:

  • - A chronic, dull ache
  • - An occasional shooting pain
  • - Randomly occurring pain
  • - Pain worse when trying to sleep
  • - Sensitivity to temperature, bite pressure, or sweet foods

Look at their teeth and gums. Can you see redness or swelling of the gums? Do you see a white or red bump? Are the gums bleeding? Do you see white or dark spots anywhere on the teeth?

Depending on what we find when your child comes in for a dental emergency in Worcester, MA, they may need:

  • - X-rays
  • - Antibiotics (if the pain is caused by a gum or tooth infection and abscess)
  • - An extraction
  • - A pulpotomy (the pediatric version of a root canal)
  • - A filling (sensitivity to sweet is often an indicator of a cavity)
  • - A dental cleaning of one or all teeth (if there's food impaction and gum disease or inflammation)
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Knocked Out Tooth

Another common reason a parent may seek out dental emergency services is because their child's tooth has been knocked out. Trauma that can cause a tooth to fall out includes simply running into things, falling or getting hit in the face while playing sports.

If your child has lost an adult tooth, try to find it if at all possible. When you do find the tooth, gently rinse the tooth off with water to remove any debris. Make sure not to hold the tooth by the root. Only touch the upper portion, or crown, of the tooth. Place the tooth in some milk to keep it moist. Have your child gently bite down on cotton or a tissue to stop any bleeding. Call your emergency pediatric dentist right away.

Loosened Tooth

Not all children who get hit in the face end up with a knocked-out tooth. In some cases, a tooth stays in place but is loose. Seeing a dentist ASAP is still important as your child could have experienced nerve damage or a root fracture.

Dental Concussion

When a child falls or is hit in the mouth but the tooth doesn't fall out and isn't loose, they may not need to receive emergency dental care, however your child should still have the tooth evaluated by an emergency pediatric dentist.

If the child experiences sensitivity or the tooth starts to change color, you'll want to take them to see an emergency pediatric dentist. Tooth discoloration can indicate nerve damage and your child may need root canal treatment.

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Soft Tissue Injury

During a traumatic experience, your child may experience damage to their lips, gums, tongue, or other soft tissues. Your child's dentist can provide emergency dental care by suturing the tissue if necessary. In many cases, though, all that's needed is an ice pack to reduce swelling, gauze to stop any bleeding, and time to heal.

Broken Tooth

A broken tooth is very painful and requires emergency dental care. There are two types of broken teeth that your child can end up with.

  • crown fracture
    Crown fracture: This occurs when the portion of the tooth that can be seen when your child smiles breaks off. The root is still situated in the bone. The crown of the tooth cannot be glued to the root. In most cases, an extraction is needed. If, though, just a cusp (or corner) is fractured, your emergency pediatric dentist can restore the tooth.
  • root fracture
    Root fracture: You can't tell a root is fractured by looking at the tooth. A dental x-ray is required. Depending on the severity of the fracture and where it's located, your child's dentist may choose to monitor the tooth, splint the tooth to keep it from moving or in some cases the tooth may need to be extracted.
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Call Us Right Away If Your Child Experiences Dental Discomfort

There's nothing worse than seeing your child in pain.

Regardless of the level of your child's pain or discomfort, you are always welcome to call our team to inquire about emergency dental care. We will make ourselves available to ease your child's pain and put a smile back on their face.

Our Team Is Available to Your Family Whenever You Face a Dental Emergency

Contact us to schedule an appointment!