Dealing With A Dental Emergency
Try to imagine the worst thing that could happen to your child’s smile.
What did you come up with? Most likely, it’s the thought of their teeth getting knocked out, either on the playground or on the ballfield. The truly scary thing — other than the trauma your child or adolescent will experience — is that it can happen in the blink of an eye.
If that terrible event should ever come to pass, then you need to call Millburn Dental Arts right away if you are in or near Millburn, NJ.
We are used to handling stressful dental emergencies at our practice. We will make your child’s dental emergency our top priority and do our best to schedule treatment on the very day of the accident. We know that when a disaster such as a sports-related oral injury happens, you don’t have time to waste.
Every second is crucial – not just in terms of rapid treatment but in the pain your child will suffer.
That’s why we want to walk you through some simple steps that you can follow to reduce the trauma of a sudden and unexpected oral injury.
You can reach our dentist office by calling (973) 957-1604. If you are calling outside of our regular hours, listen for the contact number on our answering machine to reach Dr. Krosser as soon as possible.
If someone in your family is having a dental emergency, we know you want help as soon as possible.
The Dos And The Don’ts
Our dental emergency walkthrough will have two parts: The first part will focus on the things you as a parent or guardian can do to minimize the trauma on your little athlete. The second part will address a few things and behaviors you should avoid doing because they could make the situation worse.
- Answer questions swiftly – You’ll want to do your best to keep your child’s imagination from getting the better of them, and you can help keep it in check by keeping your responses short and to the point.
- Be positive and confident – When your child is suffering in the immediate aftermath of a dental emergency, your behavior will help inform their behavior. If you can keep your cool, then chances are they will, too.
- Trust us – We specialize in restorative and reconstructive treatments for any size smile, and for any age. If you don’t know the answer to a specific question, let them know that their dentist knows, and is going to fix the problem right away.
… And The Don’ts
- Give graphic details – Just as you want to keep their attention away from dwelling on the nature and implications of their oral injury, you don’t want to answer any questions that remind them of it. It will only increase their anxiety, which can make treatment difficult by the time you arrive at my office.
- Lose your cool – Dealing with an oral injury is stressful enough without you losing your temper. Your child will take their cues from your lead, so make sure the example you set is a good one.
No one wants to see their child suffering, especially with an oral or facial injury. Fortunately, there is something you can do to reduce that risk.
You can reduce the chance of a debilitating oral injury by ordering a customized athletic mouthguard. This will protect your little one’s smile by using the best of preventive dentistry, allowing your star athlete to have the confidence they need for the big game.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend customized mouthguards as offering the most protection for young athletes. Custom-fitted mouthguards also tend to be smaller than the mouthguards you can get in a store, which makes them more comfortable and less likely to interfere with breathing.
The best way to secure those benefits is to take action before a disaster occurs and make an appointment today.
Making Your Appointment
Our team wants all our patients to reach out to us while things are quiet and your children’s teeth are in the right place. We can get ahead of oral injuries and prevent them from happening.
You won’t have to worry about all of the things that can go wrong when kids play sports when you have this Millburn, NJ, dentist in your corner.