Emergency Dentist – Rowlett, TX
Gentle Emergency Care For Growing Smiles
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 address your child’s dental damage and pain as soon as possible. Our team has special experience helping children feel comfortable and relaxed in these stressful situations, so you won’t have to worry, because your child will be in great hands. We also offer sedation dentistry for children who are afraid of the dentist or overwhelmed by the situation.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
In the face of a dental emergency, the first step you should always take is to call our office first. We will provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and tips on how to manage your child’s pain and prevent any additional damage from occurring while you’re on your way to our office.
Chipped Or Broken Baby Tooth
Keep any pieces of your child’s tooth that you’re able to find and store them in a sealable container. It’s best to keep your child from biting down on anything until our team has had an opportunity to assess the damage. If the tooth broke off and left a sharp edge that’s irritating your child’s oral tissues, you can temporarily cover it with a piece of sugar-free gum or orthodontic wax.
Knocked-Out Baby Tooth
A knocked-out baby tooth due to impact or trauma can be serious, which is why it’s important to contact our office immediately. Locate the tooth and only handle it by the biting surface, not the roots. Gently rinse it under cool water and place it in a container of milk to keep it moist while you’re on your way to our office.
Lost Cavity Filling
If your child is complaining about tooth sensitivity, it could be caused by a damaged or lost cavity filling. To ease their discomfort, you can place a piece of sugar-free gum over the area or provide them with an over-the-counter children’s pain medication such as Motrin until we’re able to replace the filling.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
There’s no way to completely avoid dental emergencies. However, there are preventive measures you can take at home to reduce your child’s risk of experiencing one. It all starts with getting them used to brushing and flossing their teeth every day. Some additional tips to keep their mouths safe include:
- Limit their consumption of sugary foods and beverages.
- Keep them hydrated with water.
- Schedule routine checkups and cleanings for them.
- Teach them the proper way to brush and floss.
- Allow us to protect their mouths with preventive treatments such as dental sealants and customized mouthguards.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Before we examine your child’s oral health condition more closely and determine what our treatment plan will be, it’s difficult to provide a cost for their visit. During their appointment, we’ll explain our plan-of-action and help you determine whether the treatment will be covered by your dental insurance. We’re in-network with a number of major benefit plans and also provide flexible payment options through CareCredit, so your child can receive the pain-relief and care they need.