Examples of pediatric dental emergencies include facial swelling as a result of a tooth infection and a permanent tooth that has been knocked out or broken, states Dr. Weideman Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. A child may also need to go to the emergency room if bleeding as a result of a cut on the tongue, lip or cheek does not stop after 15 minutes despite applying pressure with guaze.
Other examples of pediatric dental emergencies include blunt force trauma to the mouth as a result of an injury or accident, such as a car accident, according to Robert E. Morgan DDS, MSD of Pediatric Dentistry of North Texas. A child with a tooth that has been knocked loose may also require emergency dental services to save or extract the tooth.
A child may also need to see a doctor if cold or canker sores on the lips or in the mouth last longer than usual, as this may be the sign of certain serious diseases requiring prescription medication. Additionally, if a baby tooth is knocked out, children require dental evaluation to make sure the jaw and surrounding tissue was not damaged in the accident, states Dr. Weideman Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.