Pediatric Dental Emergency
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If your child is experiencing any of the following, call us as soon as possible:
We’ll do everything possible to get your child in right away or provide instructions on what to do next.
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
Here are some quick tips every parent should know.
- Knocked-Out Tooth
If your child’s baby tooth is knocked out, it does not usually cause problems or require treatment. Contact us during regular business hours.
If your child has had a permanent tooth knocked out, see our pediatric dentists immediately!
If possible, find and save the tooth, then follow these tips:
- Hold it by the crown, not the root
- Rinse the tooth with water, but do not clean with soap
- If the tooth is not cracked or damaged, try to put it back in the original socket and have your child hold it in place by biting on gauze
- If you cannot put the tooth back in its socket, put it in a cup containing your child’s saliva or milk
- Chips and Fractures
If your child has chipped or cracked a tooth, contact our Richland, Kennewick, or Sumner pediatric dentists immediately.
Rinse your child’s mouth thoroughly with water. If fragments have broken off, save them and bring them with you to the dentist.
If you do not take any action, the tooth could become infected and require extensive dental treatment.
If your child has a sore tooth, try these tips:
- Gently clean the area
- Use floss to clear out any food that may be stuck in or near the tooth
- Have them rinse their mouth with warm water or warm saltwater
- Do not apply heat to the gum or tooth
- If your child’s cheek or face is swollen, apply a cold compress and contact us immediately
If the pain persists for more than a day, please contact your nearest Smile Surfers office for additional treatment options.
If your child has bitten their tongue, lip, or cheek or there is a cut in their mouth, apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean cloth or gauze to stop the bleeding. Then apply ice to the area to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
If the bleeding does not stop, call a doctor, or take your child to urgent care or an emergency room.
We were referred to Smile Surfers by Dentistry for Kids when my son needed a lot of dental work with possible anesthesia. He is fairly emotionally sensitive so we are cautious with where we seek care. We were very impressed with the professionals at Smile Surfers. We were met with all smiles (behind masks) and genuine, compassionate care. 100% recommend.
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Why Parents Choose Us for Children's Emergency Dentistry
Dental emergencies don’t stick to a schedule. We’ll do our best to see your child on the same day and often provide the necessary treatment as well.
If you need help after business hours, call us and follow the automated prompts. We’ll advise you on what to do until we can see you.
Get Out of Pain
We’ll help your child get out of pain ASAP. If they need treatment, we’ll use our gentle techniques and anesthetic or sedation to keep them comfortable and at ease.
Your child’s experience at the dentist is crucial for combatting fears and establishing life-long healthy habits. This is especially true when they are in pain or experiencing a dental emergency.
Our “Surf Instructors” focus on preventative care, meaning we help your little surfer protect their teeth from future dental problems with effective, long-lasting treatments and education.
FAQs About Dental Emergencies
- What pediatric dental emergency services do you offer?
Our emergency dental services include:
- Treatment for tooth pain or pressure
- Treatment for knocked-out teeth
- Emergency extractions
- Emergency repair of chipped, fractured, or broken teeth
- Baby root canals
- Can I go to the ER for a dental emergency?
If your child’s emergency is life-threatening, such as uncontrolled bleeding or a broken jaw, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
Otherwise, we recommend calling our pediatric dentists.
The reason for this is most hospitals don’t have dental professionals on staff. So the most they can do is provide treatment for pain and infections. Your child will then need to visit us afterward to take care of the dental problem and prevent it from getting worse or reoccurring.
Going to the ER vs. a dentist for a dental emergency can end up costing you more, take more time, and worsen the outcome of the dental problem.
- Do you accept walk-ins?
- How much will it cost?
The cost of your child’s visit will depend on what services are required.
Smile Surfers Kids Dentistry believes all children should have access to high-quality, affordable pediatric dentistry, which is why we accept:
- Most dental insurance plans
- Cash and major credit cards
- Financing through CareCredit… This text opens a new tab to the CareCredit website…
- Will the procedures hurt?
Pediatric emergency dentistry is meant to help your child get out of pain, not make the pain worse.
You can feel confident knowing our board-certified pediatric dentists and team have specialized training in pain management for children. From gentle techniques to kid-friendly language, we do everything in our power to put them at ease and earn his/her trust.
- How can I prevent a dental emergency?
Most dental emergencies can be easily prevented with good oral hygiene and avoiding accident-prone habits, including:
- Brushing teeth twice per day
- Replacing the toothbrush every three months
- Flossing once per day
- Consult a dentist as soon as you notice a dental problem (don’t delay this)
- Visiting the dentist for regular exams and cleanings
- Completing recommended dental treatments
- Wearing a mouthguard during sports
- Not using your teeth as tools (like opening packages)
- Not chewing on hard objects (like ice or pencils)
- Eating a balanced diet (avoiding sugar)
- Drinking enough water