Dental emergencies are never fun at any age, but they can be more challenging and frightening when they happen to our children. If your child requires emergency dental care in the Garland area, don’t panic. Remain calm and contact your friendly pediatric dentist at The Dental Specialists Pediatric Dentistry. Children’s dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s wiser to visit your dentist instead of an emergency room because we’re usually better-equipped to deal with dental emergencies. However, as a general rule of thumb, if you think your child’s jaw is broken, or if they’re experiencing heavy bleeding, you should seek emergency care immediately even if your local hospital’s emergency room is your only available option at the time.
It’s extremely easy to panic during a dental emergency, particularly if it involves your child. Thankfully, all you need to do is call our office, and we’ll walk you through what to do next. If needed, we’ll schedule them for a visit right away, and in the meantime, here are a few things you can do to calm your little one and make them more comfortable:
If your child is experiencing a toothache, you may rinse out their mouth with warm water and gently brush their teeth or use dental floss to ensure the reason isn’t because of debris caught between their teeth. If the pain persists, be prepared to contact our office immediately. Pain could indicate a serious infection.
If your child has broken or chipped a tooth, you may rinse their mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to their lip to reduce the swelling. If you can locate the broken tooth fragment, you should place it in a container of cold milk or water and be prepared to bring it with you to our office. Contact our office immediately. If your child is in pain, this could indicate that the tooth has broken through its enamel layer all the way to the dentin or below the gum line where you can’t see the break.
If your child has a knocked-out tooth, locate the tooth and rinse it gently with cool water (always holding it by the crown and not the root). Don’t ever use soap! If it will go back into the socket, hold it there gently with gauze or a washcloth. If it won’t go back into the socket, you should put it in a container of cold milk or saliva. Contact our office immediately – the faster you take action, the better your chances of saving your child’s tooth.
If your child’s baby tooth is knocked out, it can’t be put back in because it may cause damage to your child’s developing permanent teeth. We may recommend a space maintainer to keep the spacing for the permanent tooth or teeth to come in.
A lost filling or crown isn’t usually an emergency, although it can be extremely painful. If it happens to your child, try to locate the restoration and keep it in a safe place until you can visit our office. Don’t wait too long to schedule your child’s dental appointment, or you may find their restoration may no longer fit!
If your child has objects or debris caught between their teeth, gently try to remove them using dental floss. You should never attempt to remove them with a sharp object, as this may cut their gums. If flossing doesn’t seem to help, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
A few simple habits will go a long way in helping your child avoid the most common dental emergencies:
We won’t be able to give you a cost estimate of your child’s emergency treatment until we see them in person and give them an exam. Only then will we know the extent of their problem and which procedure(s) might be necessary. We’ll go over all of their options with you before actually beginning treatment. We are in-network with many dental insurance providers and also offer flexible financing to ensure this type of care is easily affordable for every family.