Pediatric Dental Emergencies – Coppell, TX
When Only the Best Will Do
Most dental emergencies happened around the home or playing outside. Don’t panic and stay calm. Below we have list some common emergencies and how to handle them. If you are a patient of record of our pediatric dental office, we provide 24-hour care for pediatric dental emergencies in Coppell, TX.
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Start by cleaning the affected tooth, then rinse your mouth out thoroughly with warm water. Floss to remove any food that may be stuck in between your teeth. If pain continues, call your local dentist. Avoid placing aspirin or heat on the gum tissue or the tooth itself. Apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling and contact the dentist right away.
Cut/Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
To control swelling, apply ice to the injured areas. If bleeding is present, apply gentle yet firm pressure to the area using either a cloth or gauze. Call a doctor or visit a hospital emergency room if bleeding cannot be stopped with firm pressure.
Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth
Find the tooth if possible and handle it by the crown portion only. Avoid touching the root. Rinse the tooth with water only and DO NOT use any soap or scrub the tooth unnecessarily. Look for any fractures. If the tooth is in one piece, do your best to reinsert it into your open socket. Once in place, bite down on gauze to keep it preserved in the jaw. You can also transport the tooth to a cup of milk or your own saliva. If old enough, you can also place the tooth in between your cheek. This method is not advised for young children. Get to our dental office right away as time is critical to saving your tooth.
Knocked-Out Baby Tooth
Contact your pediatric dentist during business hours. This is not usually an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary. However, a baby tooth that has been knocked out too early can cause issues with the patient’s development, so contact the dentist as soon as you can to confirm if treatment is necessary. At your appointment, they can tell you if other treatment is needed to protect their developing smile or if you can move forward without future care.
Chipped/ Fractured Permanent Tooth
Get in touch with your pediatric dentist right away. In order to save the tooth, prevent an infection from developing, and lower your need for extensive dental treatment, it’s important to act quickly. Reduce swelling by rinsing your mouth out with water and applying a cold compress. Locate any pieces of the tooth and bring them to the dental office.
Chipped/ Fractured Baby Tooth
When a tooth is fractured or chipped, a pediatric dentist may be able to restore it with a dental filling. They can then reshape and polish the tooth to make it look more even. However, this depends on the severity of the injury. Make sure to bring any pieces of the tooth with you to the dental office and give them a call as soon as possible. Baby teeth may be meant to fall out, but early removal can cause problems with their oral development.
Severe Blow to the Head
A head injury can be detrimental if not addressed right away. For example, if your child is complaining about a toothache, it could be because teeth could have been loosened or partially knocked out of place. If the injury itself is serious, it’s best to head to a hospital emergency room for treatment. Once your condition has improved, you can contact your pediatric dentist and see if any further treatment is needed from there.
Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw
If the jaw is broken or fractured as a result of a bad fall or sporting injury, the patient is likely to experience severe pain, oral bleeding, discomfort while chewing, jaw stiffness and/or bruising in the face. The best option moving forward is to go to the emergency room. After your condition has stabilized, get to our dental office so a closer examination can be performed. We’ll confirm if any teeth were broken as a result of the injury.
Emergency Dentistry FAQs
As a parent, you want to do everything you can to protect your child from harm or danger. Although you know sudden tumbles and bruised knees or elbows are unavoidable, a knocked-out tooth or soft tissue injury can leave you feeling helpless and unsure of what to do. Fortunately, our emergency dentist is here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide helpful tips to keep your child’s smile safe. Below, you will find a list of common questions asked by parents that will help you feel better prepared should your child face a dental emergency.
My child grinds their teeth at night. What can I do to help them avoid a broken or chipped tooth?
Bruxism is a common condition among children, teens, and adults. Causing excessive wear and tear on tooth enamel as well as chronic jaw pain over time, the most effective way to help your child avoid a broken or chipped tooth while asleep is to have a customized nightguard created. Serving as a barrier between the top and bottom teeth, Dr. Rozas and her team will ensure your child’s oral device is fabricated to fit comfortably and work effectively while they are asleep.
Which type of sedation is safe for my child if they are scared or nervous about visiting the dentist?
Our board-certified pediatric dentists are certified to provide CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). They are also granted hospital privileges to provide general anesthesia, if necessary. If your child is feeling anxious or afraid of their upcoming visit or procedure, Dr. Rozas and her team can determine if one of the safe and effective sedation dentistry solutions is right for your child. Whether it is nitrous oxide or hospital dentistry under general anesthesia, we will make sure your little one remains safe, calm, comfortable, and completely at ease no matter the reason for their visit.
My child has special needs. Where can I find a dentist who can provide the necessary dental care?
Finding a dentist who offers special needs dentistry shouldn’t be overwhelming or stressful. This is why Dr. Rozas and her associates are pleased to provide the additional care and treatment to help children with behavioral, physical, mental, or sensory needs. With more than 20 years of experience and specialized behavioral training, she and her team can offer accommodations that will allow for your child to get the dental care they need in an environment that is safe and comfortable.
Why is it better for my child to see an emergency dentist instead of going to the ER?
There are many reasons why you should avoid taking your child to the emergency room and instead, visit an emergency dentist nearby. Unless they are experiencing excessive bleeding or swelling, or they have broken or fractured their jaw, it’s best to bring them to our office so that we can examine the problem and administer quick and effective treatment. Unlike an ER, your child’s pediatric emergency dentist:
- Won’t have you waiting for hours in a lobby
- Already know your child and their medical history
- Can provide appropriate care for immediate symptoms as well as create a personalized treatment plan to ensure underlying issues are addressed