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Gentle Emergency Dental Care for Children

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 usually better 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.

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Knocked-Out Teeth

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. However, if it’s a baby tooth that was knocked out, it can’t be put back in because it may cause damages 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.

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Broken or Chipped Teeth

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.

Lost Crown or Filling

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 crown 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 though, or you may find their crown may no longer fit!

Bitten Lip or Tongue

If your child has bitten their lip or tongue, gently clean the wound with a cloth. You may also apply pressure or a cold compress to stop the bleeding and reduce the swelling. If it doesn’t stop bleeding after about 15 minutes, you should seek emergency care immediately.


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 or a necessary tooth extraction.

Objects Caught Between Teeth

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.

Contact Our Office Immediately

Whether your child has a toothache, a chipped tooth, a lost crown or a knocked-out tooth, please contact our office immediately so that we can schedule a time for your child to be seen in our office. Capable of providing emergency dental care for children in the Garland area, we’ll do everything we can at The Dental Specialists – Pediatric Dentistry to treat your child’s dental emergency promptly. Remember, when it comes to dealing with dental emergencies, it’s always best to err with caution.


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