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How to know if you’re having a dental emergency

When your child has injured a tooth or is experiencing a severe toothache that is keeping them from feeling and functioning at their best, it is important that you have your child evaluated by a dental professional as soon as possible. Whether they have chipped or broken a tooth or experienced a knocked-out tooth, immediate care is needed to ensure the smile can be restored to its health and wellness. At Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time, and provide same-day visits for children that require care as soon as possible!

How to recognize a dental emergency

Many parents are unsure as to what constitutes a dental emergency and when they should call the dentist for immediate care. Below are a few common situations that we consider dental emergencies that need care as soon as possible from a dental professional:

  • Throbbing/painful toothache
  • Broken jaw
  • Knocked-out or loosened permanent tooth
  • Chipped/cracked/broken tooth
  • Split tooth
  • Abscesses (often associated with tender, red, swollen gums)
  • Severe oral bleeding due to trauma or after dental treatment
  • Post-operative complications (such as problems after wisdom tooth removal)

While this list does not cover every potential dental emergencies, it provides parents with a guideline as to what constitutes an emergency dental situation. Parents may find that other concerns such as loose restorations, small cavities, or irritating brackets and wires from orthodontia can wait for another day, while other complications need assistance as soon as possible. With a simple phone call to our office, we can make a same-day appointment for immediate concerns or an appointment another day for conditions that do not require an emergency visit.

Is your child experiencing a dental emergency?

It is important to connect with a pediatric dental provider who can assist during this time of need. Our team at Park View Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is here to help! Call (212) 879-6518 immediately to talk with our staff and schedule a same-day appointment for the care your child needs. We are conveniently located at 800A Fifth Avenue, Suite #303 and accept new and established patients for emergency dental care.

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