How to deal with the most common dental emergencies in children

When we refer to the urgency in dentistry, we mean the pain or sudden discomfort caused by trauma or by a tooth injury. These injuries are usually very painful, so they need almost immediate and effective attention. When a child goes to the office with an emergency, dentists have to take into account the physical and psychological differences that they have in regards to an adult patient. This implies calming the child and trying to understand that we are here to help him and not to make him hurt.

Characteristics of possible emergencies told by Buderim dentists

The most frequent emergency appointments At Buderim Dental Clinic are usually divided by:

  • The pain due to decay and all its complications
  • Pain caused by a blow or trauma
  • Pain due to soft tissue injuries (lips, gums, buccal mucosa)

Caries pain or other complications

This is usually the biggest reason for a consultation to Buderim dentists, which has begun as a small tooth decay that has never bothered, continues progressively, causing irreversible damage to the child. Normally, when a child comes to the emergency room, it is because tooth decay has already penetrated the dentine of the tooth, even touching the dental pulp, causing acute pulpitis pain.

There are two types of pulp stages:

Acute pulpitis – It is characterized by a very intense and localized pain, especially when receiving a stimulus such as cold or heat, and even when eating sweet foods.

Chronic pulpitis – Chronic pulpitis, characterized by the appearance of pain in a pulsatile manner, usually increases with heat contact and calms with cold. When bacteria spread to the tissue around the tooth, abscesses, and phlegmon frequently occur in the gum. Characteristic for a very large pain when biting.

Pain from a stroke/trauma

This is the second most frequent cause of emergency after caries. Especially at the ages when children begin to walk and at school time. They tend to be very disturbing emergencies since, and normally, they are accompanied by bleeding and swelling of the area, causing great bruising. Normally in this type of emergency, local anesthesia is usually applied to the child, and the tooth is either removed if it has a very large lesion, or to try to repair it with conservative treatments.

How does the Buderim dentist behave?

When our doctors visit the children, their attitude will be very clear. They must know how to take the situation by showing a very safe and empathetic attitude so that they gain confidence with the child since this is the only way in which we will be able to work Safely.

Whenever we are dealing with a consultation with children, we have to make everything a game, and something very simple, show that nothing is traumatic. We always try to sustain contact with the children and therefore make them contribute to the treatment in a comfortable means.

For more details, contact:

Your local Sunshine Coast Dentist in Buderim.


 6/83 MILL RD, BUDERIM-4556

PH: 07 5445 6577

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