Dental emergencies in children cause anxiety among parents. Children may encounter with different types of dental emergencies. One common concern of parents is their discovery of succedaneous teeth, which start erupting before the fall out of deciduous teeth. It’s not much of a worry, as baby teeth start to come out on their own time.
Parents may also worry if the deciduous teeth start exfoliating early. Teeth can start exfoliating, at an early age of four or late at eight years. If the deciduous teeth take time to loosen, it could be an indication of a problem, but not a dental emergency.
Swelling of the face can mean serious problem. If it is accompanied by fever, it may be an indication of severe infection. You need to call the dentist or take your child to the oral surgeon immediately.
If there is an injury to the mouth and teeth, you should examine the child properly, before contacting the dentist. Check for bleeding lips, broken or chipped teeth, shift in teeth position, whether movement of child’s jaw is normal, whether the teeth fit together normally. This information will be required by the dentist, so you need to be sure.
Loose or chipped baby teeth may not require dental help. It is fine, if the child loses a deciduous tooth early by a year or two. A loose succedaneous tooth might be fixed into its position back again, if the child is taken to the dentist within half an hour.
If the child hits his/her tooth on a solid surface, nothing wrong might be found at first, but later there may be change of color in tooth. Gray tooth may indicate damaged pulp. Pink color may be a sign of pulp becoming larger. Restorable pink teeth will require root canal procedure. Tooth becoming intruded and pushed into the gum, due to a fall, is a rare case.
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