Our team still offers treatment for little smiles in need of emergency care, but how do you know if your child has a dental emergency? In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist looks at what causes an emergency situation, and how parents can respond to limit discomfort until we can see your child and offer treatment!
The Dangers of Damaged Teeth
Even minor damage could increase the chances of a tooth developing a painful cavity or an infection. Other issues could include swelling near a tooth, a toothache, an object lodged between the tooth that floss cannot remove, or an avulsed (knocked-out) tooth. If your child complains about discomfort, or if a tooth is injured, be sure to let us know. We can schedule a time to see them and perform an exam. Then, we create a personalized treatment plan to address the injury. Our team will schedule visits to ensure your family is not sharing the waiting room with anyone else, and we also thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces in the office and waiting room in between each visit.
Responding to Your Child’s Injury
If your little one breaks a tooth, try to recover any pieces you can and bring them with you to the office wrapped in tissue or in a small container. If a tooth is knocked out completely, then pick it up by the crown, never touch the root, and gently rinse it under water remove dirt or debris. Don’t remove any tissue! Place it in a glass of milk or salt water and bring it to the office with you. If there is bleeding from an injury, use a piece of gauze or a washcloth to stem it. An ice pack or cold compress against the side of the face could reduce swelling. You can offer a children’s pain reliever, like kids ibuprofen or acetaminophen. When you and your little one come see us, feel free to let them bring a blanket or stuffed animal that makes them feel safe and comfortable.
We could repair the damage with the same composite resin we use to offer fillings, and we also have the ability to create crowns. Our team understands how to make children feel safe and comfortable, and we want to ensure they enjoy their visit and come away with a better understanding of their own oral health.
Do You Have Questions About Emergency Dentistry?
We’re ready to help address common emergency scenarios, such as chipped teeth or serious discomfort. To learn more, schedule an appointment 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.