At Pediatric Dental World, we know that dental emergencies are never convenient, and don’t happen on a set schedule. That’s why Dr. Clapp, Dr. Bell, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Smith are here to provide same-day and after-hours care for your little ones. Learn more about our emergency dentistry services below, or call us at (972) 317-6997 to get help right away.
We offer same-day appointments for all patients. If your child is experiencing a serious dental emergency and needs immediate help, just give us a call at (972) 317-6997 to tell us about their situation. We’ll schedule a same-day appointment for your child as soon as we can.
Some dental emergencies can’t wait until the next day, which is why we offer after-hours appointments when necessary. If you think your child may be experiencing a dental emergency outside of our regular hours, give us a call at (972) 317-6997 to speak with someone on our team. We can let you know if your child needs immediate care, and how to keep them comfortable until they can be seen.
Not sure what conditions count as a dental emergency? Many different oral health problems demand emergency care, including oral injuries, toothaches, pulled-out crowns or fillings, and much more. In general, your child is having an emergency if their condition meets either of the following qualifications:
Any dental problem that is causing your child a lot of oral pain and discomfort is a serious emergency. Whether it’s a toothache, a cracked or broken tooth, or even a pulled-out filling, any condition that is causing serious pain may need same-day emergency care.
If your child’s mouth is bleeding heavily after an oral injury and the bleeding does not slow or stop within an hour, they may need stitches to ensure their oral tissues heal properly. It’s important to see a dentist to get help, and to ensure there are no other issues like cracked or broken teeth.
If you suffer from tooth grinding, you should wear a nightguard while you sleep to prevent injury such as a cracked, broken, or loose tooth. It is also advisable to wear a mouthguard while playing contact sports to reduce the risk of dental trauma. Do not use your teeth as tools and be careful when chewing if you have had a lot of dental work done.
Toothaches caused by a dental infection, cavity, decay, or gum disease can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene and regularly attending dental visits every 6 months. You should brush for a minimum of two minutes twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Floss once daily to thoroughly remove food particles and reduce plaque buildup. Once plaque and tartar have built up in the mouth, you need to have it professionally removed through scaling and root planing at the dentist.
If plaque and tartar are left untreated, this can lead to severe decay and infection and end up requiring a root canal or extraction. By receiving regular dental cleanings and checkups, you greatly reduce your risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease with early detection and prevention.
If you’ve suffered from dental trauma, have an abscess, or are experiencing significant pain, it’s important to get treated right away. Do not ignore warning signs of oral health problems. If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, contact us at Pediatric Dental World right away. We can fit you in as soon as possible with Dr. Jason Clapp, Dr. Jessica Bell, Dr. Jennifer Lee, or Dr. Natalie Smith in a same-day appointment.
Wondering what procedures are common during emergency dental appointments? Here are a few of the most frequently used procedures for pediatric emergency care.
If your child’s permanent tooth is knocked out (avulsed) or it’s very loose due to an oral injury, it may be splinted to the surrounding teeth to hold it in place and allow it to heal and bond to the underlying oral structures.
Crowns are commonly used to treat damaged teeth and severe cavities. Root canal therapy or a pulpotomy may also be required to treat infected teeth, and crowns are often used alongside these treatments to protect and restore the tooth.
A damaged or loose crown or filling is a serious emergency, and demands immediate care. It may sometimes be possible to simply re-attach your child’s dental work, but it’s often a better option to manufacture a new crown or place a brand-new filling.