Emergency Dentistry

We recognize that dental emergency situations do arise, & at our practice, we will do our best to respond to your child’s problem promptly.

Kids smiling outsideWhether it is something as simple as a tooth filling or a complicated procedure, we can provide you with assistance. If the problem arises when our office is closed, our answering service will forward your message to our dentists. The most common reasons our patients need emergency dentistry are accidents or toothaches. Toothaches can be caused by infection or by injuries. If your child is suffering from a toothache, don’t hesitate to call us immediately. We will get you & your child in as soon as possible & figure out what is going on so we can relieve your child’s pain.

A tooth that has been knocked out or cracked is perhaps the most critical dental emergency. If your child’s tooth has been knocked out in an accident, seeing a dentist as soon as possible is vital to saving their tooth. In the meantime before you get to the dentist, you can take steps to keep your child’s tooth alive, including gently trying to place the tooth back in its socket (without touching the root), keeping the tooth between your child’s gums & lip, placing it in a glass of milk, or placing it in an ADA-approved tooth preservation kit. If your  child’s dental emergency is potentially life threatening, you should go to the emergency room.

What To Do In Case Of A Dental Emergency?

Even if you or your child have never been to our office before, we are happy to help during a dental emergency. Please contact us immediately if your child is in urgent need of care.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

There are a few precautions you can take to avoid future dental emergencies. Our most important piece of advice is to encourage your child treat their teeth with care & respect. You only get one set of permanent teeth! Stopping bad habits like nail biting or chewing on pens & other inedible objects can go a long way in preventing future dental disasters.

Improvements to your child’s dietary habits can also contribute to dental longevity. Eating ice or hard & sticky candy is rough on teeth & will wear them down or even loosen them. If certain foods take extra effort to chew, it’s probably best to avoid them.

Athletes & kids who play sports should always wear protective mouthguards during physical activities. These can be purchased at the store or from a dentist. An athletic mouthguard that fits well is more likely to prevent injuries, so make sure to have a dentist take a look at your child’s. Even minor teeth shifting can affect how a mouthguard fits.

If your child is having problems with a store-bought sports mouthguard, the dentist can usually make one that’s better for comfort & protection. After all, children are more likely to wear a mouthguard when it fits nicely! Get in the habit of bringing your child’s mouthguard to every dental appointment in case it needs adjustment.

Keeping these tips in mind can save you & your child a lifetime of dental visits & expenses. We’re happy to care for your child during a dental emergency, but we’d prefer you avoid one in the first place!

Emergency Dental Treatment

After Hour Emergencies

At Kid Dental we have emergency services available Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. We know some emergencies happen after hours, so we have created some guidelines for you to follow before seeking care.

Knowing what to do can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Reviewing these tips before an accident occurs can help you remain calm and handle an emergency effectively.

Dental Emergencies

  • Toothache – Many conditions can cause toothaches. Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If you are experiencing pain, severe swelling, fever, and/or generalized weakness that you believe is related to a tooth problem, please call our after-hours care line immediately as this could indicate a serious medical condition.
  • Broken/Cracked Tooth – A broken or cracked tooth may or may not be painful. Stop any bleeding by applying gentle pressure. Rinse the area with warm water to cleanse. Use a cold compress to keep swelling down. If there is no pain, please call our office on the next day we are open to schedule an appointment. If there is significant pain, please contact our after-hours care line.
  • Knocked Out Tooth (Applies to adult teeth only) – Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and call our after-hours care line.
  • Lost Filling or Broken Crown – A lost filling may be replaced with temporary material that can be purchased at the drug store. The filling should then be replaced permanently by your dentist to prevent decay from food or bacteria. A broken crown should be re-cemented to avoid decay on the remaining tooth structure. A small amount of temporary material or even toothpaste can be used to hold the crown in place until you can be seen by our dentist.
  • Bitten Lip or Tongue – Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
  • Possible Broken Jaw – Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.

If you are a patient of record, and find yourself with an after-hours dental emergency, please call our after-hours care line for instructions on reaching the dentist on call. The patient is responsible to pay the emergency dental fee at the time of the appointment. After-hours care line: 775-825-5005.

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