Urgent Help for
Dental Pain & Accidents
As a father of two kiddos, Dr. Bear, your trusted emergency pediatric dentist in McKinney, TX, understands that emergencies can come out of nowhere with children. Whether your child has bad tooth pain or they receive a hard impact to the face while playing a game, our helpful team is here to fix the problem and get them to smile with confidence again. We strongly recommend saving our number in your phone so that you can give us a call right away if something happens!
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How to Handle Common
In most circumstances, the very first thing you should do is contact our dental office. We can give you tips for dealing with the situation until you come to our dental office and get them on our schedule as soon as possible, often on the same day! Here are some general guidelines that can help your child through their emergency and alleviate their pain.
My Child Has a Toothache
Tooth pain can be the result of food or other objects stuck under the gums or from a cavity that has entered the center of the tooth. Try flossing around the hurting tooth, just to be sure that it’s not the first reason. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for assistance.
My Child Chipped/ Broke a Permanent Tooth
Find as many pieces of the tooth as possible and bring them with you to our dental office. We may be able to use these pieces to reassemble the tooth. If the tooth has a sharp point or edge, you can put dental wax or sugar-free gum on it to prevent cuts.
My Child Knocked Out a Baby Tooth
Although your little one will eventually lose their baby teeth, we don’t want them to come out too early. After all, they serve as guides for the permanent teeth and can have an impact on how well aligned they erupt later on. If a baby tooth is knocked out, come to our dental office, and we’ll determine what the best course of action is.
My Child Knocked-Out a Permanent Tooth
Pick up the tooth by the crown, not the root, and be sure to come to our dental office as soon as possible—preferably within an hour. You need to keep the tooth moist, so store it in a container of warm salt water or milk. Do not let the tooth dry out.
My Child Lost a Filling
Have a filling fall out? You may be able to cover the hole with a temporary material from the pharmacy. However, remember that this is only a temporary solution, and you need to bring your child into our dental office sooner rather than later to avoid the risk of losing the tooth.
My Child has a Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
Keep a clean cloth or gauze on the area to slow down the bleeding. If it continues to bleed for more than 10 minutes, take your child to the emergency room. However, once it has stopped bleeding, we can take a look at it and determine if they need stitches or another treatment.
How to Help Your Child Prevent Dental Emergencies
Not every dental emergency can be avoided, but most can through some simple steps, including:
- Brushing and flossing their teeth every day.
- Coming to our dental office every six months for a checkup and cleaning.
- Wearing a mouthguard when participating in a sport where a facial impact is likely.
- Not chewing on hard things like ice, popcorn kernels, and pencils.
- Not opening plastic packaging with their teeth.
- Limiting their sugar intake.
The Cost of Treating Your Child’s Dental Emergencies
Each child is different and can require different treatment. We will only be able to provide an accurate estimate for treatment once we’ve had the chance to evaluate them in person. However, waiting to bring them in for treatment is not a good way to handle a dental emergency. Not only could that wasted time mean that your child is suffering longer than is necessary, but it could also lead to infection or more damage to their teeth, which translates to higher costs. It is best for your wallet as well as your loved one to bring them in as soon as a dental emergency strikes!