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The Benefits of Emergency Care

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When unexpected issues arise, we’re here for you and your family.

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At Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry, we prioritize emergency cases and we’ll always do our best to see your little one as soon as possible.

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Getting expedient care for a dental emergency is critical, and that’s why we offer same-day appointments.

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If you are unsure whether your child is experiencing an emergency, our knowledgeable team is always happy to lend an ear and answer any questions you may have.

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Same-Day Appointments

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.

Is This an 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! Our rule of thumb is this: if you think your child is having a dental emergency, they probably are. Don’t hesitate to book an appointment with our team if your child is experiencing oral pain or discomfort.

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 a permanent tooth is loose, it is imperative that your child gets help from Dr. Brock as soon as possible. Ideally, you should bring your child 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. Come to Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry as soon as you can, ideally on the same day that your child sustains the injury.

    On your way to our office, you can absorb any blood with clean 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.

What to Do Until Your Emergency Appointment

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.

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