When unexpected issues come up, we’re here for you and your family.
If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, you shouldn’t have to wait to see a dentist or mitigate pain. We prioritize emergency cases and we’ll always do our best to see your little one as soon as possible. Emergencies are stressful and painful, and the team at Brock & Casas Pediatric Dentistry makes it easy to get the quality dental care and compassionate service you and your family deserve.
Is This an Emergency?
Not sure if it’s a dental emergency? Any situation that causes pain and cannot be treated on your own qualifies as a dental emergency. If your child’s mouth is bleeding excessively, or their tooth has been knocked out in an accident, we can help with immediate care! Emergencies also include persistent toothaches, or dental work that has become loose or fallen out. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if your child is experiencing any of these situations.
Common Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them
1. Loose Tooth
If your child has a loose baby tooth, this is nothing to worry about. However, if an adult tooth is loose, you should see Dr. Brock or Dr. Casas right away. Ideally, you should come in within 3-4 hours of noticing the issue.
If the tooth is loose due to an impact injury and bleeding is present, you can use gauze or a clean cotton ball to help soak up the blood before arriving for your appointment. Avoid touching or moving the tooth, and keep it as stable as possible to avoid further damage to the root and tooth.
2. Avulsed (Knocked Out) Tooth
If a tooth has been knocked out, it is imperative to get dental treatment right away. Come to our office for a walk-in appointment or give us a call to let us know that you’re on your way. Until then, recover your child’s knocked out tooth and rinse it off gently with warm water. Do not use soap. Either replace it in the socket or put it in a small baggie of milk to preserve the pulp. You can treat bleeding with gauze or cotton balls.
It is important to come in as soon as you can because after 1-2 hours, it is typically not possible to re-implant a knocked-out tooth.
3. Cracked, Chipped, Or Impacted Teeth
Cracked, chipped, or impacted teeth (teeth that have been driven back into the socket) are all serious dental emergencies, typically caused by an impact injury. You should come to Brock & Casas Pediatric Dentistry as soon as you can, ideally on the same day that your child sustains the injury. If you are in or near Clear Lake, Webster, League City, Friendswood, or Dickinson, come to our office for compassionate emergency care.
On your way in, you can absorb blood with gauze or cotton balls. If you can’t make it in within an hour or two, you may also want to use an NSAID (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) to help reduce your child’s discomfort. Do not use aspirin, as this can prevent proper clotting. Ice packs can also be applied externally to help with swelling and pain.
4. Persistent Toothaches
A toothache is a serious dental emergency, especially if it lasts for more than a day. This may indicate tooth decay or an infected tooth. Whether you’re in La Porte, Seabrook, or Pasadena, we’re here to help with efficient emergency care to get your child out of pain.
Until you can make it into our office, you can use any over-the-counter children’s pain medication to help minimize discomfort. Topical treatments like Orajel can also be used. However, these are not permanent solutions. You must bring your child in for proper treatment to address the root cause of a toothache.
5. Damaged Or Lost Dental Work (Fillings, Crowns, Etc.)
A damaged or loose piece of dental work, like a filling or crown, is a serious dental emergency. If your child’s dental work fails, they can be susceptible to further tooth infection and damage. This is more common in older children and pre-teens who have had dental work like crowns or fillings applied to their permanent teeth.
If your child has lost a piece of dental work, try to recover it, rinse it off, and bring it into our office. Crowns can often be replaced if they fall off, which is much faster and more affordable than having a new one manufactured.
Pain Relief in an Emergency
If you’ve already made an appointment and you are wondering how to relieve your child’s pain until you get to our office, here’s how to keep your little one as comfortable as possible: Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth to mitigate pain. If your child’s tooth has been knocked out, keep it in a cup of milk and bring it with you to your appointment. In the case of excessive bleeding, have your child bite down on gauze if they are able to do so without causing more pain. Visit our office at 17150 El Camino Real, Houston TX 77058 for same-day care in the event of a dental emergency.
If your child is in pain or has been injured, don’t hesitate to call us at (281) 461-7470. With our same-day appointments, we will address your child’s needs as soon as possible so you and your family can smile again. We treat every patient as if they were a part of our own family, and our experts will handle your child’s emergency with gentle care.