If your child has a dental injury and you think one of their teeth may need to be pulled, you might think that you should go to the emergency room.
But in fact, most ERs and hospitals won’t offer dental care, and even if you can get your child’s tooth pulled at the ER, you’ll pay much more for emergency care compared to visiting an emergency dental office like Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. In this blog, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about the ER, dental care, and what to do if your child needs a tooth pulled.
To put it simply, because hospitals and ERs don’t need dentists most of the time. Hospitals and ERs are already big and crowded, and most people who come to the ER are suffering from life-threatening health issues that are not related to dentistry.
Basically, it just doesn’t make sense for most ERs to keep a dentist on staff in case a person comes in who needs emergency dental care. If you try to go to an ER because your child has a loose tooth, you’ll likely be sent home and told to visit a pediatric dentist for the care your little one needs. For everyday pediatric dental emergencies, hospitals and ERs are not where you want to be.
There are exceptions, of course. Most hospitals and ERs do have oral surgeons and dentists they can call for certain situations, but these usually involve significant dental trauma, such as a car accident that breaks all of a patient’s teeth and destroys their jaw.
If your child’s issue, like a loose or damaged tooth, is not serious enough to be life-threatening, you should come to an emergency pediatric dentist like Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to get the care they need right away.
This depends on why the tooth is loose. If your child has a loose baby tooth, and they have not recently had any dental trauma or injuries that may have knocked it loose, chances are that you don’t have to do anything at all. The baby teeth are meant to fall out naturally over time, and it’s okay to leave the tooth in place until it falls out on its own.
However, if your child has a loose baby tooth or adult tooth due to dental trauma like a slip and fall or a hard hit in a contact sport, you need to get immediate care from Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Their oral health could be at risk.
Depending on the situation and whether it’s a baby tooth or an adult tooth, one of our dentists may extract the tooth and replace it with a “space maintainer” to keep the teeth in the proper position, or the tooth may be splinted to the adjacent teeth so that it can heal and reconnect to your child’s mouth.
Whether you’re in Yardley, Bensalem, or Warrington, Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is here to help your child get the care they need if they have a loose tooth, or during any other dental emergency. Contact us now to get the emergency dental care and peace of mind you need!