Pediatric Dental Care at ETCH
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital has several pediatric dentists
and a few general dentists on staff. These providers assist the medical
teams at Children’s by seeing patients come into the Emergency Department
with permanent teeth that have been knocked out, facial trauma and facial
cellulitis from an abscessed tooth. Our pediatric dentists also do consults
on patients who are under the care of other medical services while admitted
to the hospital.
Our pediatric dentists have specialized training beyond dental school which
prepares them to see a wide range of children who may suffer from different
diseases and syndromes. They can also assist members of the Cleft-Lip
and Palate team as well. Our dentists have offices in many of the surrounding
communities for ease of access to care.
Often our pediatric and general dentists treat children with extensive
dental needs in the operating room. This allows young children and children
with special health care needs to receive care in an atraumatic fashion.
The dentists will take x-rays, do teeth cleanings, fix cavities, do baby
root canals, places crowns, perform extractions and other minor oral surgeries
while the children are under anesthesia.
Children’s Hospital supports the unified recommendation of the American
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
‘s (AAPD) that your children should have a dental exam no later
than age one. Its is proven that early and routine dental exams help prevent
decay and other dental problems. Please reach out to a pediatric dentist
near you and locate a ‘dental home’ for your child.
Most dental emergencies are best cared for in your dentist’s office.
However, our dentists and doctors in the emergency room can assist in
the following situations:
- Permanent Front Tooth ‘Knocked out’
- Fractured Jaws
- Swollen Face due to abscess teeth.