No parent wants to see a child in pain, but dental emergencies, which are often quite painful, do happen. Although urgent dental problems are never expected, they usually require immediate attention. At Southern Connecticut Dental Group in Southbury and Ansonia, Connecticut, board-certified pediatric dentist Dr. Lauren DiBenedetto provides urgent care appointments to pediatric patients from New Haven County and the surrounding communities.
The definition of a pediatric dental emergency is fairly straightforward. It includes any acute mouth injury or pain that you can’t easily or successfully take care of on your own. Some of the most common pediatric dental emergencies that Dr. DiBenedetto treats in her office include:
If your child requires urgent dental care, call Southern Connecticut Dental Group to make an appointment with Dr. DiBenedetto as soon as possible. If it’s a true emergency and takes place outside normal business hours, take your child to your local emergency room.
If your child has lost a permanent tooth, getting in to see Dr. DiBenedetto as quickly as possible can be the difference between saving that tooth or losing it. Once a permanent tooth has been knocked out, it’s important to keep it moist. If the tooth is dirty, you can rinse it gently in water. If your child is old enough not to swallow the tooth, try placing it gently back into its socket without touching the root, which can damage the tissues required for future reattachment. If you can’t put the tooth back in its socket, you should wrap it in a piece of gauze or some other clean, soft cloth, and immerse it in milk.
Unfortunately, cracked or fractured teeth are relatively common during childhood because kids, especially small children, are more likely to put objects in their mouths. Biting down on hard food, like candy or popcorn kernels, can cause cracked teeth, as can falling forward and hitting the mouth. If your child has mouth pain and you suspect a fractured tooth may be to blame, you can have her rinse her mouth with warm water. Applying an ice pack or cold compress can help reduce swelling, and children’s ibuprofen can provide immediate pain relief. Once you’re in the office, Dr. DiBenedetto can assess the damage and determine how to treat it. Minor tooth fractures can be sanded and restored relatively easily.
Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. Because insurance policies vary, we can only estimate your coverage in good faith but cannot guarantee coverage due to the complexities of insurance contracts. Your estimated patient portion must be paid at the time of service. As a service to our patients, we will bill insurance companies for services and allow them 45 days to render payment. If you have any questions, our courteous staff is always available to answer them.
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