Center Emergency Dental Care for Young People
You hate seeing your child in pain, and you want to do whatever you can to solve the problem as soon as possible. Unlike other medical emergencies, there is no 24-hour emergency room for a dental emergency. Fortunately Dr. Thomas Youngblood and our team are happy to help our patients who experience emergencies outside of regular office hours. Simply call our Center, TX office and follow the after-hours instructions.
Your emergency children’s dentist in Center tries to see emergencies the same day you contact us. But if for some reason we are unable to offer same-day treatment, or if you can’t come in until the next day, we are happy to walk you and your little one through first aid to keep his or her smile whole and healthy until you can arrive at our office.
Is it a Dental Emergency?
Chances are good that if you think it’s a dental emergency, it is. Bleeding or aching in the mouth are two reliable indicators of an issue requiring urgent care. If you are still unsure whether or not it’s a true emergency, some of the most common concerns we treat include:
- Knocked out teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Knocked out, chipped, cracked, or broken dental crowns or fillings
- Something lodged between the teeth
- Severe toothache, especially if there is sensitivity to changes in temperature, which could indicate infection in the inner layer (pulp) of the tooth
Important Next Steps
When you call our office after a dental emergency, we will listen to your situation and provide important next-steps to reduce discomfort and improve outcomes until you can reach our office. In general, here’s what you should do following a child’s dental emergency.
- Remain calm. Reassure your son or daughter that you have the situation under control and he or she will be just fine.
- Find any broken pieces of tooth or dental work. Help your child rinse and spit if you suspect there’s anything leftover in their mouth.
- Collect the missing tooth. Rinse away any particles and keep the tooth wet by storing it in a cup of milk or water.
- Stop or slow bleeding by applying firm, consistent pressure with a clean gauze or cloth.*
- Administer an over-the-counter children’s pain reliever to soothe discomfort.
*If your child has broken a bone or is bleeding uncontrollably, head straight to the emergency room.
Take Steps to Reduce Risk of Dental Emergencies
While you can’t completely prevent a dental emergency, you can help your child develop good habits and break the bad ones that often lead to emergencies. Make sure your child wears a mouthguard during any athletic activity, and try to discourage him or her from chewing on hard objects like ice, fingernails, or opening packaging with the teeth.
Remember that if your child has experienced severe facial trauma, or if you’re concerned they have a broken jaw, or if they are experiencing bleeding that does not abate after 10 minutes of consistent pressure, we encourage you to proceed to your nearest emergency room for care. Dr. Youngblood and our team will be happy to restore any dental damage once your child’s safety is no longer at risk.
Contact Our Dental Office ASAP!
It is easy to panic when your child experiences a dental emergency, but it is important that you remain calm and seek help as soon as possible. Don’t wait when your little one gets a knocked out tooth, a broken tooth, a severe toothache, or anything else you believe needs urgent attention. Call Children’s Dental Center immediately -- we’ll get on the case right away!