Getting Your Child Ready For An Emergency Visit
At the moment, we’re limiting treatment in our office to only emergency care, which helps keep people home and reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community. However, should a dental emergency arise, such as a chipped tooth or a persistent toothache, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist is ready to provide treatment for children of all ages.
Addressing Aching or Damaged Teeth
If your little one complains about sensitivity when he or she eats and drinks, or if a toothache has been bothering your child for more than a day, please let us know. Discomfort could be a warning sign of an advanced cavity, possibly the beginnings of a dental infection. Remember, even though baby teeth do fall out, this could happen months or even years after a toothache occurs, so ignoring the issue or waiting for the tooth to fall out could mean a harmful infection and the premature loss of the tooth, which impacts dental alignment.
If a tooth is chipped, let us know. Even minor damage could potentially expose the sensitive inner tooth structures to bacteria and allow a cavity to form. With treatment, we can restore the tooth to optimal health and beauty, preventing complications.
Preparing for the Visit
For aching tooth, you can give your little one a child’s pain reliever (such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen) and set up a time to see us. If the tooth is damaged and bleeding, you can stem the bleeding with a washcloth or gauze placed on the affected area. If the damage occurred as a result of trauma, try to recover any pieces of the tooth and bring them with you in a sealed container. Your child is also welcome to bring any items that helps him or her feel calm, such as a blanket, stuffed animal, or pillow.
If your child has a cavity or if the tooth sustains minor damage, then our team may use composite resin to treat the area. A metal-free material that is safe for kids of all ages, composite resin can be shaded to match the color of surrounding tooth structure. After we remove any decay and clean the tooth, we apply this material in several layers. We then shape the composite resin while it cures under a light. The entire process takes one visit.
Does Your Child Need An Emergency Appointment?
Don’t let what appears to be a minor injury or a small toothache lead to more difficulties for your children’s oral health, let us know as soon as possible. To learn more, by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.filed under: Dental Emergencies