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When your child is having a dental emergency, every moment matters. It’s crucial to give them the care they need as soon as possible. Contact us right away to speak with our team and save that little smile! Unsure if your kiddo is having a dental emergency? Keep reading.
First, getting emergency dental care gets your child out of pain. Toothaches, broken teeth, and other dental problems can cause serious pain that interferes with school, sports, and more. Getting care from our office will eliminate their pain and let them resume their normal routine. You and your child will also avoid further complications, which can save you both time and money. And most importantly, you’ll get peace of mind, knowing your child’s mouth is healthy once again.
If your child has dental trauma to their permanent teeth, this is a serious emergency.
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When issues arise, our team can perform problem-focused exams (also known as limited exams) to help address the issues. Limited exams allow us to focus on what’s hurting or injured so we can get your kiddo out of pain fast.
Dental emergencies don’t always strike during regular business hours. That’s why we offer after hours appointments so your child can get the care they need, when they need it most.
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A broken tooth, a pulled-out crown, or a toothache can cause lots of pain. And the only way to eliminate this pain is with proper dental care from an experienced emergency dentist. Once your child gets treatment at our office, they can get back to their normal routine without pain, crying, and distractions.
As a rule, the longer you wait to get help for your child, the worse their condition will be. For example, if they have a tooth infection or they have a large cavity, it’s possible to save the tooth with a root canal if it’s caught early. But if you wait too long, the tooth could be too infected to save. This may lead to tooth loss, or even other serious complications like cellulitis or sepsis, a potentially life-threatening reaction to a serious infection.
The sooner you get help, the more affordable your child’s care will be. For example, getting a filling is cheaper and easier than a crown or extraction. If you see a dentist as soon as you notice your child’s issue, your budget will thank you.
As soon as you notice your child’s dental emergency, please give our office a call. We’ll discuss your problem with you, and schedule an appointment with your dentist ASAP. We can also give you some tips on how to deal with your emergency until it’s time for your little one’s appointment.
Once you come to our office, the dentist will take a look at your child’s mouth and take any necessary x-rays to evaluate the tooth and surrounding structures. They will get to the bottom of the issue, and determine the right treatment for your child’s condition.
Every child is different, and so is every dental emergency. A few common emergency dental treatments include root canals, dental fillings, dental crowns, tooth extractions, and splints for loose or knocked-out teeth. Your child’s dentist will make sure that they get the appropriate care for their condition.
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If a baby tooth has come loose and it’s not due to an oral injury, you don’t have to do anything. Baby teeth are meant to fall out eventually, so this is natural.
However, if one of their teeth becomes loose and is bleeding after an oral injury, it may not be ready to fall out yet. The best thing to do is to get a consultation with your child’s dentist to have their mouth examined, and determine whether the tooth can be saved or if it should be replaced with a space maintainer.
A severe toothache could indicate that your child has a deep cavity or an infected tooth. You should schedule a consultation at our office right away, as these are both serious dental emergencies that will only get worse without proper treatment.
First, treat their discomfort and bleeding. Then, contact us for a same-day appointment. Even minor tooth damage can cause hairline fractures and these fractures could lead to sensitivity and discomfort. After consulting with your child’s dentist, they can determine the best treatment for restoring the damaged tooth, and ensure your child’s smile remains healthy and strong.
Knocked-out baby teeth are not usually replaced, even if they’re lost prematurely. If it’s a baby tooth, your child will need to come into our office to have their mouth examined and cleaned to prevent infection, and to and evaluate if a space maintainer is needed. This prosthetic will maintain the proper gap between their teeth, preventing the adjacent teeth from shifting toward the now-empty socket.
For an adult tooth, though, you need to get help immediately. Recover the tooth, rinse it, and put it in a container of cold milk to keep it moist. Then, come to our office immediately. Don't spend too much time treating pain or bleeding. Your child's tooth should ideally be re-implanted within 60 minutes for improved post-operative outcomes, so time is of the essence.