Emergency Dentistry is Available at Rowlett Dental Kids
Dental emergencies can be sudden, frightening events, especially when they involve your children and their vulnerable smiles. Here in Rowlett, TX, we encourage parents to remain calm and pick up the phone right away. Dr. Tera Pollock is fully committed to your family’s needs, and when faced with urgent situations, she’ll be happy to stay late, come early, and do what she can to accommodate your child’s dental damage/pain as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are some helpful tips for how to manage common children’s dental emergencies as you make your way to Rowlett Dental Kids:
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
In most cases, baby teeth cannot be reimplanted because they may damage the developing permanent tooth underneath the gum line. However, if your child suffered the loss because of an accident or injury, please schedule a checkup with Dr. Pollock so that she can determine whether additional damage occurred regarding nearby teeth.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Do you still have the tooth? If so, rinse it carefully while taking care to not touch any attached natural tissues. Then, if possible, have the child hold the tooth in its original socket with their tongue. Alternatively, place the tooth in a container that holds their saliva or cold milk and contact our office right away. The earlier you reach help (within 30-45 minutes of injury), the better chances are that the tooth can be successfully reimplanted.
It’s possible that something stuck in between the teeth, could be the cause of the discomfort. If you’re able to, carefully floss around the affected area and help your child rinse with water. If the pain persists, a cold compress can provide temporary relief until you’re able to reach Rowlett Dental Kids. Over the counter pain medication could be useful as well, as long as you adjust the dosage according to your child’s current age and weight.
If your son or daughter experienced significant trauma resulting in heavy oral bleeding or a possibly broken jaw, please proceed right away to an emergency room in your area. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions, or if you need to schedule an appointment!