If your child is complaining of a terrible toothache or has just suffered a dental injury, the last thing you probably want to do is waste time in a waiting room. Should your child ever need urgent dental care, all you have to do is call Wash Park Pediatric Dentistry. Our team will schedule you for an immediate appointment so we can figure out what is causing the problem and provide your child with relief right away. You should go ahead and put our dental office’s number in your phone right now, so you don’t have to look it up right when you need it!
No matter what your child’s dental emergency might be, the best thing you can do is reach out for professional help as quickly as possible. When you’re on the phone with our team, we’ll walk you through first-aid tips and schedule an appointment right away if needed. You will still have to deal with the problem before you’re able to reach us, however, but the following tips should help you take control of any situation:
Rinse and floss around the tooth to remove any food debris that might be stuck. If your child still feels pain, have them take an OTC medicine, and apply a cold compress to their face.
Try to recover as many pieces of the tooth that you can, put them in a safe container, and be sure to bring them to our dental office. A cold compress can help minimize any pain or swelling, and be sure to cover the remaining tooth if it has a sharp edge. Some sugarless gum or dental wax can help you do this.
Even though the baby teeth are meant to fall out, if a tooth is knocked out due to trauma, you should still bring your child to see us right away. This way, we can make sure their surrounding teeth and jawbone didn’t sustain any injuries. We may also choose to place a space maintainer, as losing teeth too early can lead to the baby teeth drifting out of position and blocking the incoming adult teeth.
While it is possible to put a knocked-out permanent tooth back into place, we can only do so about an hour or two after the accident, so you need to move fast! Find the tooth, rinse it off while avoiding any tissue still attached to the root, and make sure it stays wet until you reach our dental office. To do this, place it back into the socket, have your child hold it between their cheek and gums, or store it in milk or saltwater.
Even though your child might not feel any pain, you should still have the tooth repaired right away so the newly exposed enamel doesn’t develop any decay.
Apply pressure to the wound with a washcloth and if the bleeding continues for more than 10 minutes despite doing this, bring your child to the closest emergency room, as stitches are probably needed. If any of their teeth have been injured as well, contact our dental office only after they have been cleared by a doctor.
Of course, while having an emergency dentist nearby is nice, you’d probably prefer your child to avoid dental emergencies in the first place, right? Be sure to keep these simple tips in mind:
These practices will largely take care of small issues before they can turn into big emergencies.
Because there are so many types and severities of dental emergencies, the cost of your child’s urgent care will largely be based on their unique situation. Whatever the case may be, it’s always better for their health and your wallet if you come to see us quickly—this will allow us to treat a problem before it becomes much worse and requires a more extensive procedure. We’re happy to work with many dental insurances and offer low-to-no interest financing to make this type of care more affordable as well.
When it comes to treating dental emergencies there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Each case has to have a unique approach. For instance, two young patients may both have toothaches, but they may require different procedures to fix the problem. One may be treated with a tooth-colored filling, but the other may need a dental crown after a pulpectomy. Dr. Patrick will examine your child to see the extent of the damage done to their smile and discuss the treatment options available to you. Just remember that we’re here to help get your child out of pain and fix the cause of whatever is off with your child’s oral health!
Your insurance coverage will depend on your plan. However, most benefits include common treatments for dental emergencies. In many scenarios, insurance covers about half of the cost of treatment, perhaps more for less invasive procedures. After we know what treatment your child needs, our team can answer your questions and help you understand how insurance works. We can verify your insurance benefits and let you know exactly how much you’ll be expected to pay out-of-pocket.
Regardless of your insurance coverage, we believe that cost should never stand between a child and a healthy smile. That’s why we’re more than happy to accept payment through third-party financing with CareCredit. Going this route allows you to make payments on a monthly basis, which can feel easier on your budget, instead of a one-lump sum. We can walk you through the application process and work with you to ease the burden of cost. Your child’s well-being and comfort are worth it!
Do you want the know the most affordable way to deal with a dental emergency? Prevent it to begin with! When your child takes the proper care of their teeth and gums, you can avoid the need to spend money on fixing damage. For instance, coming every six months for checkups is a great way to catch little cavities before they develop into big trouble. If your child isn’t doing so already, they need to be brushing and flossing their teeth on a daily basis to remove little bits of plaque and bacteria. Wearing a mouthguard also protects against chips, cracks, and knocked-out teeth. As you can see, a little bit of prevention can help you save big bucks on treatment down the road.