Immediate Care for Pediatric Dental Emergencies
Pediatric dental emergencies are more common than you might think. From sporting events to bicycle rides, kids are constantly putting their teeth at risk. At Coppell Dentistry for Kids, we’ll help you minimize the risk of a pediatric dental emergency, and when you need us, we’re here.
If your child breaks a tooth, knocks out a tooth, has a toothache, or experiences any other dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call the office right away. Even if your child isn’t in pain, time will determine whether or not we can repair the tooth. Dr. Louca is available 24 hours for current patients, and new patients should call the office during office hours to schedule an emergency appointment for prompt treatment.
What should I do if my child has a dental emergency?
Baby Tooth Knocked Out
Baby teeth should never be replanted because of the potential to damage the developing permanent tooth. If possible, locate the tooth and place it in a container of your child’s saliva or cold milk. Call our office to schedule an emergency visit immediately to ensure no further damage has been caused.
Permanent Tooth Knocked Out
Find the tooth and rinse off any debris with cool water. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root, which contains cells that the dentist can use to re-implant the tooth. Gently place the tooth back in its socket or in a container of saliva or cold milk. Call our office as soon as possible – time will determine whether or not we can save the tooth.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
Rinse your child’s mouth out with lukewarm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Find the broken fragment, if possible, and place it in a container of milk or saliva. Bring the tooth pieces with you to our office. Fast action can save the tooth and prevent infection.
Until your child can be treated, rinse his or her mouth out with lukewarm water and apply a cold compress on the face if swollen. Children's ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be taken orally, but should not be placed directly on the gums. In some cases, children who complain of toothaches actually have food lodged between their teeth. If this is the case, flossing the area can provide immediate relief. Contact our Coppell dental office if pain persists.