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Dental emergencies can happen almost anywhere. You never know if a dental emergency will occur during a sports game, on the playground, or simply roughhousing at home. Fortunately, most dental mishaps are not life-threatening and can still be fixed with prompt care. At Oral Health Associates, Drs. Adam Koch, Brian Koch, Glime, and Wetzel work hard to provide a warm, comforting, family-friendly environment for children during stressful dental emergencies. Whether your child is experiencing a minor toothache or severe oral trauma, alleviating their pain and repairing their smile is our top priority. Our Green Bay office provides 24/7 care, meaning that no matter when they experience a dental emergency, just give us a call and we’ll be available to help your child. If you believe that your child has suffered oral trauma or is experiencing a dental emergency and follow the steps below and call our kid’s emergency dentists at (920) 437-3376.

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What Is A Dental Emergency?

We understand that accidents happen. The following are the most common dental injuries for kids that are considered an emergency. If your child is experiencing one of the following injuries, contact our emergency children’s dentist immediately.

Knocked Out Tooth

While losing baby teeth is normal for children, losing a permanent tooth can have lasting impacts on their smile and oral health. Time plays an essential factor when it comes to losing a permanent tooth. First, recover the knocked-out tooth and rinse it in warm water. Then place the tooth back into the socket and hold it in place. If the tooth can’t be reinserted, keep it in a cup containing water or milk as you head to your kid’s emergency dentist.

Possible Broken Jaw

If you suspect your child has a broken jaw, secure the jaw by wrapping a towel or similar object around the head to tie the mouth closed. Make your way to the emergency room immediately. 

Persistent Toothache

Toothaches are incredibly uncomfortable and can indicate an infection or a more serious factor. First, try cleaning around the sore tooth by using warm salt water to rinse and displace any trapped food in between the teeth. For temporary pain relief, you can use acetaminophen. If the pain persists, contact our emergency children’s dentist.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

First, try to stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a clean cloth or sterile gauze. Then, assess the situation, and if the bleeding continues after 15 minutes, we recommend going to the emergency room. 

Broken Braces or Wires

If part of your child’s braces breaks, remove it only if it comes out easily. Cover any protruding or irritating edges with a soft material such as cotton balls or gauze if it’s stuck or painful to remove. Rather than remove the broken brace or wire, contact your dentist and try to keep your child comfortable in the meantime. A visit to the emergency dentist will depend on the severity and location of the broken braces or wires.

Broken, Cracked, or Chipped Tooth

Similar to knocking out a permanent tooth, the broken tooth should be rinsed with warm water and kept in a secure place until you can schedule a visit to the dentist.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess occurs when a pocket of pus forms in the tissue around a tooth. Usually caused by tooth decay or gum disease, abscesses can cause red, swollen gums, throbbing pain, especially when chewing, a bad taste in your child’s mouth, swollen jaws, and fevers. If you suspect your child has a dental abscess, it is crucial you call our emergency kid’s dentist immediately. If left untreated, the infection can spread throughout your child’s entire body causing further health problems.

Lost or Missing Fillings & Crowns

If your child loses a crown or filling their tooth will likely become incredibly sensitive, especially to changes in pressure and temperature. If left untreated, their pain will not only get worse, but their smile can also become crooked. If your child loses a filling or crown, call our office in Green Bay. Our emergency dentists for kids can usually schedule a same-day appointment to replace or repair their filling or crown. 

Urgent vs. Non-Urgent Dental Emergencies

A handful of dental injuries may require an emergency room visit such as severe bleeding and broken jaws. However, the majority of children’s dental injuries fall under the non-urgent category and can be treated at our dental office in Green Bay. If you are on the fence about whether to visit an emergency dentist or urgent care, call our office and our team will be happy to walk you through what you need to do next to help your child.

Oral Health Associates Emergency Children’s Dental Services

Regardless of the dental injury that brings you to Oral Health Associates, we strive to provide high-quality care and service to ensure your child is comfortable and safe during a stressful and unnerving time. Regardless of the reason for your emergency visit, your child’s treatment will begin with a thorough examination of the affected area and a discussion about their symptoms with your kid’s emergency dentist. From there, our emergency children’s dentists will prioritize elevating any pain including soreness, tenderness, and aches. Once your child is more comfortable, our team will create a treatment plan for repairing your child’s smile. Our kid’s emergency dentists provide a wide range of services including

Dental Sedation for Kids

At Oral Health Associates, we establish relationships that build mutual trust and respect. We value the patient’s input and desires and are dedicated to working with them to create the plan that fits them best. We believe that listening, understanding, and time together to facilitate a good patient-provider relationship helps alleviate anxiety or nervousness. In addition, we offer multiple dental sedation methods including oral sedation and nitrous oxide for children who require a bit more help easing into an emergency dental visit.

Preventing Future Kids Dental Emergencies

Regular Checkups

We can’t stress it enough: preventive health and dental care are essential. By scheduling regular dental exams and teeth cleanings, we can monitor your child’s oral health and catch issues while they remain minor. Less treatment is better (and more affordable). Staying on a regular exam and cleaning schedule (typically every six months) is the best way to prevent major dental work.

Custom Mouthguards

While sports help kids stay active, make friends, and learn valuable teamwork skills, they are one of the leading causes of emergency dentist visits. A custom-fitted mouthguard designed by our Green Bay dentists provides unparalleled dental protection and comfort. As an added bonus, because they are custom fitted to your child’s teeth, they will also be able to speak and breathe easily with them in.

Contact Your Green Bay Dentist for Any Dental Emergency!

Don’t wait! If you believe your child is suffering from a dental emergency and are seeking an emergency dentist, give us a call at (920) 437-3376. We look forward to assisting you and your family with all of your dental care needs!