Emergency Kid’s Dentistry – Hinsdale, ILYour Place For Fast, Kid-Friendly Emergency Care
To say kids have a lot of energy is a major understatement. Often, they run into things and bump into each other without consequence, but sometimes accidents and injuries happen. If they suddenly sustain an injury to their teeth, it can be tough knowing what to do. Should you take them to the hospital? Call 911?
Luckily, we have you covered right here at Brush Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Mira Albert, Dr. Maggie Rizzo, Dr. Lynna Gripentrog, and Dr. Andreina Karamchandani have all received special training to handle dental emergencies (especially for children). From the moment you call us, we’ll work hard to calm your child down and help them get the urgent treatment that they need.
If your child loses consciousness or you feel they have another serious injury, you should immediately call 911 and proceed to the nearest emergency room right away.
How To Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Whenever you call us, we’ll do everything we can to see your child as soon as possible, and we’ll even make same-day appointments if possible. Over the phone, our highly-skilled team will walk you through what you need to do. Once you’ve made it to our office, we’ll bring your child right back to the treatment room ASAP so our team can get to work right away. Usually, we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment as well to make sure they’re healing correctly.
My Child Has a Toothache
Give your child over-the-counter pain medication (as directed) until their visit with us. Apply a cold compress to the outside of their cheek or lip in 10-minute intervals to keep their skin comfortable.
My Child Chipped or Broke a Permanent Tooth
If possible, find any large pieces of their tooth and put them in a glass of milk (not water) to bring with you. It's important to make sure they don’t dry out. Have your child swish and spit with lukewarm water and cover any sharp edges with dental wax from the store until their appointment.
My Child Knocked Out a Baby Tooth
Knocking out a baby tooth doesn’t always require treatment, but it’s still important to come in so we can make sure the surrounding area doesn’t need attention. In the meantime, have your child apply gentle pressure with a clean, damp cloth or towel and give them over-the-counter pain medication as directed for discomfort. Also, it’s important not to put the baby tooth back in its socket because you may damage the developing permanent tooth.
My Child Knocked Out a Permanent Tooth
In this situation, every minute counts because we’ll have the best chance of saving the tooth if we can see you within an hour. First, if the tooth is visibly dirty, gently rinse it off, holding it by the crown only, not the root. Then try to put it back in its socket facing the right way (this is only recommended for children who aren’t at risk of swallowing it, generally those over age 6). If necessary, they can hold it in their cheek pouch or a glass of milk (not water). Above all, the tooth must stay moist.
My Child Lost a Filling
Until you can see us, have your child avoid chewing on the side with the missing filling. Bring the lost filling along to the visit so we can examine it.
How To Help Your Child Prevent Dental Emergencies
There are a few simple ways to help your child avoid a dental emergency. A big one is to bring them in for regular checkups and cleanings. This will let our team spot and fix any small issues that might cause an emergency in the future. Also, encourage good brushing and flossing at home to prevent cavities and other dental problems before they start.
Sports are a big source of dental injuries as well. Fortunately, you can easily protect your child’s teeth by having them wear a custom-made mouthguard. These appliances are sturdier, more comfortable, and more effective than store-bought varieties and will protect their smiles while they’re out on the field or court. Contact our office for more information.
Finally, make sure your child doesn’t chew hard candies or ice and avoid letting them use their teeth to open packages.
The Cost of Treating Your Child’s Dental Emergency
The cost of emergency treatment can vary quite a bit, depending on the situation. Once we’ve examined your child, we’ll recommend the best treatment to get them out of pain quickly while also maintaining their oral health in the long-term. To make emergency care more affordable, we accept all major PPO plans and are always happy to file your claims, even if we’re out-of-network. We also accept CareCredit financing that allows you to make low or no-interest monthly payments.
Dental emergencies can certainly be scary, but with Brush Pediatric Dentistry, you have a plan of action. We’ll be there for you and your child during one of their toughest moments, and you can trust that we’ll have them smiling afterward. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.