Pediatric Emergency Dentistry - New Britain, CT
Providing Immediate Care When It’s Needed Most
Looking for a dental practice that can treat your child’s pediatric dental emergency? Fortunately, at Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, our team of professional know exactly what to do to save your little one’s oral health from experiencing long-term effects of a serious injury or accident. As children often do, they will run and play with very little fear. When an injury occurs, you need to feel confident and comfortable knowing the right people are taking care of your child’s smile, which is why you will find only the very best treatments, technologies, and experts in our office. To learn more about us or inquire about ways in which we treat dental emergencies, contact us today!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
The professionals at Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics are here to help! When an accident or injury occurs, your first step should be to call our office and alert us to the problem. This will give us an idea of how to best treat you and take care of the situation. If necessary, you and your child will be asked to come in. Otherwise, our team will be happy to provide detailed instructions regarding how best to take care of your child’s dental problem.
If your child has something stuck in his or her teeth, use dental wax to gently remove it. If they are experiencing severe dental pain, try giving them an over-the-counter pain reliever and ice pack, as this will reduce swelling and decrease discomfort.
Chipped/Broken Permanent Tooth
Since the edges of your child’s tooth will likely be jagged or rough, the best way to avoid additional injury to your soft oral tissue is to place dental wax or sugarless gum over the area. Also, make sure to retrieve as many of the broken pieces as possible and bring them to your appointment.
Knocked-Out Baby Tooth
Although it’s common for baby teeth to fall out, this shouldn’t happy too early or it can cause additional problems for your little one’s oral health. Instead, if your child knocks out a baby tooth, make sure you get in to see us as soon as possible. This will allow our team to take the appropriate action to prevent your child’s nearby teeth from shifting as well as look to ensure their jawbone and nearby teeth were not affected. Should it be necessary, depending on how far along your child is before receiving a permanent tooth, we will insert a space maintainer to keep the area open and ready for their permanent tooth to come through.
Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth
A knocked-out permanent tooth requires immediate attention. If not treated within an hour, the tooth may no longer be savable. After retrieving the tooth and cleaning it off, you may be able to put it back into the vacated socket; however, if this proves unsuccessful, place it in a container of milk or between your cheek and gums and bring it to your appointment.
Lost Dental Filling
If you want to keep your child from developing tooth decay as a result of exposed enamel, you’ll want to get them in to see an emergency dentist as quickly as possible.
Soft Tissue Injury
Whether it is a busted lip, scratched gums, or oral sore that has developed on your lip, these soft tissue injuries can be easily remedied at home with the help of a washcloth and warm water. By placing it onto the injured areas, this will decrease the bleeding by applying ample pressure. If the bleeding doesn’t cease, make sure to talk your child to the nearest emergency room for immediate assistance.
A broken wire or bracket can be painful to your soft tissues, which is why you can place a small bit of dental wax over the broken or busted area until you can see your orthodontist. You will need to schedule an appointment with our office as soon as possible so that your orthodontist can examine your smile and determine the appropriate course of action.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
We all want our children to remain safe and accident-free, right? So why not consider a few additional ways you can better protect them and their smile? Consider the following tips:
- Make sure they are keeping up with their morning and nighttime oral hygiene routines
- Make sure they wear protective mouthguards while playing sports or going to bed to combat bruxism
- Help them avoid hard candy, sugary or starchy foods, as other hard items such as popcorn kernels, ice, and even pens
- Never allow your child to use their teeth as tools
Cost of Treating a Child’s Dental Emergency
How much you can expect to spend on your child’s dental emergency will be based on the severity of the issue and what type of care they need. Our administrative staff will be happy to assist in contacting your dental insurance company to find out how much your out of pocket expenses will be so that you can make the right decision for your child’s dental needs.
If alternative methods are necessary, we will identify additional ways in which you can pay for treatment and minimize your costs.