Children’s Emergency Dental Care – Flower Mound, TX
Fast Dental Care Right When You Need It
When your child is in pain, you want to fix it, and you want to fix it fast. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do on your own when it comes to toothaches and dental injuries, but that’s where our children's dental office has you covered. If your child experiences a dental emergency, just call our team and we’ll schedule them for an appointment. We’ll make sure they’re able to get the relief they need as quickly as possible with children's emergency dental care in our Flower Mound, TX pediatric dental office..
Why Choose KidSmiles Dental and Orthodontics for Children’s Emergency Care?
- Team Led by Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist
- We'll Get You In As Quick As We Can!
- PPO Dental Insurance Accepted
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
We recommend giving us a call if you even think that your child has a dental emergency because it’s better to be safe than sorry! We will most likely recommend that you bring your child to the pediatric dental office immediately. At the children's dental office, we can accurately diagnose the problem using x rays and try to get them out of pain as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to reduce your child’s pain and prevent further damage to their teeth:
My Child Has a Toothache
Gently floss around the hurting tooth to remove anything that might be stuck, and if this doesn’t help, have your child take some OTC medication like Motrin. Applying a cold compress to the face in 10-minute intervals can help with discomfort and slow down swelling as well. Depending on the situation, we may use an antibiotic.
My Child Has a Chipped/ Broken Permanent Tooth
Use a clean rag or towel along with a small amount of pressure to stop any bleeding. Try to gather up any pieces of the tooth you can find, and if the remaining tooth has a jagged edge, you may cover it with some sugarless gum or dental wax to prevent it from injuring the lips, cheeks, or tongue.
My Child Has Knocked Out a Baby Tooth
While this might not sound like a big deal, it’s still wise to bring your child to see us if they lose a baby tooth due to an accident. We can make sure the nearby teeth and gums didn’t sustain any damage, plus we may need to apply a space maintainer so the teeth stay in their proper position.
My Child Has Knocked Out a Permanent Tooth
Try to make it to our pediatric dental office within an hour of the accident, as this will give us the best chance of splinting the tooth back into place. Place the knocked-out tooth in milk – do not rinse it off or clean it. Bring it with you to the pediatric dental office.
How to Help Your Child Prevent Dental Emergencies
- Make sure they always wear a mouthguard while playing sports.
- Don’t let them bite items like ice, pens, pencils, fingernails, etc.
- Don’t let them use their teeth as tools to open packages.
- Have them brush twice a day and floss before bed.
- At the earliest sign of a dental problem, contact our pediatric dental office. This allows us to address small issues before they become full-blown emergencies.
The Cost of Treating Your Child’s Dental Emergencies
There is no fixed price for emergency dental care, as the cost will be based on the type of procedure your child needs to address their problem. We are unable to diagnose dental emergencies over the phone but will be sure to go over all of the options, including pricing, when you come to see us so there are no surprises. We can also discuss using your insurance and financing to make things more affordable.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Even if you are fully prepared for a dental emergency in Flower Mound, it can be a stressful experience for both you and your child, and you may have many questions. Our team is here to help you and provide guidance so your growing little one can get back on track and back to being a kid! Please read our responses to some common questions we’ve been asked in the past, but if you need more explanation or you have other inquiries you want to make, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and schedule an appointment.
What Should I Do If My Child Has an Orthodontic Emergency?
Whether a bracket or wire has come loose or you face another emergency challenge with your child’s orthodontic appliance, the problem needs to be addressed immediately. Call our office, making sure you have all the parts when you come to our office. Do not attempt to reaffix a bracket or the wiring yourself with superglue or rubber bands. These commercial products were not made to go inside the mouth and only make treatment last longer to reverse any damage done to your child’s smile.
What Could Happen If We Don’t Treat a Dental Emergency Right Away?
Unlike some medical problems like a cold, the problem will not go away on its own. It will continue to get worse and worse with time and will require professional treatment. To spare your child from experiencing unnecessary pain and damage to their smile, it’s best to address the issue as quickly as possible. Plus, this approach can also help you save money because waiting will only cost more in repairing the worsening problem.
How Can I Help My Child Sleep with Tooth Pain?
It is difficult to see your child struggle with pain, and getting a good night’s rest can be rough for both of you. If you must endure the night before coming in to see Dr. Neil Dean, you can lessen their discomfort by giving them over-the-counter pain reliever as directed. You can also place a cold compress on their face to numb the area. In addition, add a pillow to keep your child’s head elevated while they sleep. This will prevent blood from rushing to their head, which only exacerbates the pain.
When Should I Go to the Emergency Room?
In general, you shouldn’t need to visit the emergency room for a dental-related problems. Not only is it extremely expensive, but the doctors there are usually not equipped or trained to address these kinds of situations. However, if your child is bleeding for longer than 10 minutes, they seem to have broken facial bones, or they have other severe injuries, you should go directly to the ER because there could be more serious work needed for treatment first.