What is a Pediatric Dental Emergency?
There is no denying that children love to play. Whether they are exploring outside, competing in their favorite sports, or feeling extra adventurous, the well-being of their teeth is often the last thing on their minds. While this is completely normal, and we love when our patients have fun, dental emergencies sometimes occur. Here is everything you need to know about dental emergencies and what you should do if your child experiences one.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Children of any age can experience a dental emergency, and they are often the result of an accident. Dental emergencies are characterized by extreme pain that only a dentist can resolve. We do not want children to wait for treatment if they experience severe injuries or intense bleeding. Correcting the issue as soon as possible is essential to protecting the well-being of their smile!
What are the Most Common Dental Emergencies?
Most dental emergencies are fairly obvious, and you do not need special equipment or expertise to identify one. Here are the most common dental emergencies we see at Texas Tiny Teeth.
Lost or damaged fillings
Lost or damaged dental crowns
Hurt cheek tissue, lip, or tongue due to a cut or accidental biting
Object stuck in the teeth
Chipped or cracked tooth
Partially or fully knocked-out tooth
If any of these concerns sound familiar, we are here to help. Our team is highly experienced and knows how to treat an array of dental emergencies. We completely understand that accidents happen, and your child’s well-being is our top priority. Our team will do everything we can to ensure your child is smiling again in no time!
What is NOT a Dental Emergency
We always reserve time in our books for dental emergencies. However, it is crucial to understand what is (and what is not) an emergency to ensure we are not taking up appointment space for those in serious need. Here are a few common concerns that do not fall under the “emergency” category:
Food stuck between teeth and/or braces
Bitten lip or tongue without severe bleeding
Braces causing minor discomfort
We understand that these non-emergency concerns can feel uncomfortable and overwhelming for children. While we want to do everything we can to ease their discomfort, a regular appointment will suffice. Please visit our website and book an appointment at the Texas Tiny Teeth closest to you to get started. Make sure to leave us a note in the “Message for the Office” section so we can understand your concerns before the visit. And if you are unsure if your child is experiencing a dental emergency, please give us a call. Our team is happy to speak with you and help you decide on a proper course of action!
How Can I Avoid a Dental Emergency?
Whether your child hurt themselves while playing or bit into something too hard, dental emergencies are unpredictable and often hard to avoid. However, there are several precautionary measures parents and children can take to prevent oral complications.
Practicing proper oral care is one of the best ways to avoid emergencies, such as severe cavities and infections. Limiting the quantity of sugary, chewy foods your little one eats will help their teeth remain healthy and strong. And if they do indulge in a sweet treat, encourage them to brush their teeth afterward. We also recommend parents restrict their children from chewing on ice, as it is extremely hard and can cause chips in their teeth. Please check out another one of our most recent blogs to explore creative ways you can make oral care more exciting for your child!
We understand the importance of learning about physical activity and teamwork at a young age, and we love when our patients participate in sports. However, make sure your child always has a mouthguard during their practices and games. You can create a custom guard at Texas Tiny Teeth. It will protect their smile from unexpected damage if things get a little intense on the field or court. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Finally, always remember to schedule semi-annual checkups at Texas Tiny Teeth. And if your child has braces, please schedule regular orthodontist appointments too! Our goal is to ensure your child remains happy and healthy, and scheduling regular appointments will allow them to speak up if they are experiencing any discomfort. Our team can help you identify any unexpected problems and alleviate any concerns before they develop into something more serious.
What Should I Do if My Child Has
a Dental Emergency?
Please do not fret if your child is suffering from a dental emergency! Our team of talented dentists are ready to assist you. All you have to do is head to our website and book an appointment. You will have the option to select “Emergency/Tooth Pain” during the scheduling process. Once you choose your preferred appointment time, make sure to leave a comment describing the emergency. While the online booking process is simple and convenient, please call your local Texas Tiny Teeth office if you need to come in ASAP! We will do our absolute best to serve your child as quickly as possible.
We understand that dental emergencies can feel scary for children and their parents. Thankfully, you can rest assured knowing that Texas Tiny Teeth is here to support you every step of the way. Please click the button below if you need to schedule a semi-annual checkup or book a dental emergency appointment. Our team cannot wait to serve you!