What Is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency is any oral health problem that is causing your child pain or discomfort or is causing serious oral bleeding. It’s that simple. If your child is in pain and you don’t know what to do, you need help from an experienced emergency dentist in Buda, Kyle, or Manchaca.
Dental trauma is the cause of a lot of emergencies like cracked and broken teeth, loose and missing teeth, and oral cuts and lacerations. These are all very serious problems and demand immediate care.
However, there are a lot of other conditions that also count as emergencies, such as a pulled-out or loose crown or filling, a serious toothache, or even a piece of food that’s stuck between your child’s teeth and won’t come out. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so give Kids Tooth Team a call and tell us about your situation. We’ll help you get the care your child needs.
Dr. Alex is also available for an at-home teledentistry consultation for emergencies. Through a 2-way video chat, we may be able to address the concern or situation without you even having to come into the office.
The Importance of Immediate Care
Immediate dental care is very important if your child has a dental emergency, for several reasons.
First, it ensures that your child does not experience any further complications related to their condition. This saves you both time and money. For example, by treating a serious cavity early, you can avoid the need for a more invasive procedure like a nerve treatment.
Seeing a dentist right away also helps your child get relief from their pain and discomfort, and allows them to get back to their day-to-day life. After treatment, you’ll also get peace of mind, knowing that your child’s smile is healthy and free of any major dental issues.
Additionally, if your child’s tooth is cracked or knocked out for whatever reason (especially an adult tooth) it is essential that they are seen by a dentist quickly to be able to give that tooth the best chance of surviving. Please call us ASAP if your child has experienced a dental trauma such as this so that we can get them taken care of immediately.
We love welcoming new folks ‘round these parts. If you’re planning your first visit, be sure to take advantage of our new patient special. With a free second opinion consultation, we’ll make sure your little one gets started off on the right foot at our office.
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
Not sure what to do when your child is experiencing a dental emergency? Here are a few steps to follow to ensure they get the care they need from Kids Tooth Team:
If your child has any loss of consciousness or has experienced any suspected head or neck trauma, please call 911 or take them to the emergency room first. Your medical doctors will want to rule out any possibility of a concussion or serious head injury before we address any dental concerns.
If an adult tooth is knocked out or broken to the point that you can see blood in the tooth your child will need to be seen at our office ASAP to give that tooth the best chance of being placed back in the mouth and surviving. If we can save it, it will likely need a splint.
If an adult tooth has a small chip or feels a little loose, we would still like to see you the day of the accident to see if the tooth needs to be splinted and to make sure that nothing more has happened to that tooth, root, or your jaw bone.
If a baby tooth has been knocked out or is broken to the point that you see blood: Baby teeth cannot be placed back in the mouth the same way that adult teeth can, but if your child’s baby tooth has been knocked out due to an accident, we would still like to see them as soon as possible (same day or the next day) to make sure that no pieces of the root are left in the bone and to make sure no stitches in the gums are needed.
If a baby tooth has a small chip or feels a little loose, come in the same day or next day after the accident to make sure the root of the tooth hasn’t fractured and that the chip isn’t too close to the nerve.
First, call Kids Tooth Team at (512) 523-4774 to set up a same-day or after-hours appointment. We’re always here to help when your child needs emergency dental care.
If your child loses a tooth or chips their tooth, you need to put the tooth or tooth fragment into a container of milk or in a cup of your or your child’s spit to keep it moist, and need to be seen within an hour at the office. (Never put a tooth in cold water or on ice). If their dental work like a filling, crown, or space maintainer is pulled out or falls out, put it into a small plastic baggie or container to bring it in with you.
Over-the-counter medicine like children’s Tylenol or Motrin can help with pain. If your child’s mouth is bleeding, you can use clean paper towels or gauze to absorb the blood. Please, never apply an over-the-counter numbing medicine or teething gel to your infant or child’s mouth or gums. These medicines can cause serious, life-threatening reactions. Though pain medicine or ice may help in the short term, they are all temporary measures. This pain could be a sign that something serious is going on with your child’s teeth or in their mouth. Make sure you see Kids Tooth Team for care right away for professional dental care in Buda.
Get Care From Kids Tooth Team
We’re always here to help our patients get the dental care they need. We offer both same-day appointments and after-hours emergency care.
Just speak with one of our team members to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alex. If your child is having a serious emergency, we’ll see you as soon as possible!
By appointment, we also offer after-hours care for your child. If you can’t make it in during our business hours, just give us a call to set up an emergency after-hours consultation for your little one.
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