Emergency Pediatric Dentist – Katy, TX
Immediate Help for Young Smiles in Need
As a parent, you know that accidents can happen in a split second, sometimes when you least expect them. At Happy Chompers Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that you save our number in your phone so that you can call our emergency pediatric dentist in Katy right away if you find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency. You do not want to postpone getting treatment because the problem will only get worse with time. Our team is happy to help get your child back to full oral health as quickly as possible, and you can depend on Dr. A to provide gentle care for your loved one.
Why Choose Happy Chompers Pediatric Dentistry for Dental Emergencies?
- Sedation Methods Available
- Many Dental Insurance Plans Accepted
- Experienced, Caring Pediatric Dentist
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
After you’ve called us for an emergency appointment, you’ll have to deal with the situation until you can get your child to our dental office. Our team can provide specific advice, but here are some general tips to keep in mind to increase the odds of successful treatment:
My Child Has a Toothache
Children’s tooth enamel is thinner than that of adult teeth, so it’s much easier for decay to burrow inside and cause pain. Try to floss around the affected tooth to make sure that there isn’t food debris stuck there. Use cold packs to manage swelling, and give your child acetaminophen to manage the discomfort until they can come in.
My Child Chipped/Broke a Permanent Tooth
If a permanent tooth breaks or gets chipped, try to locate the pieces and bring them with you to our Katy dental office. If the tooth is sharp, put sugarless gum or dental wax on it so that it won’t cut the soft tissues in your child’s mouth. For any swelling, use a cold compress.
My Child Knocked Out a Baby Tooth
Losing baby teeth is part of your child’s oral development, but losing them too early can cause problems in the future. If your child is too young to lose their baby teeth and one is knocked out, call our dental office right away. Bring the tooth to the appointment, and do not try to replant it yourself.
My Child Knocked-Out a Permanent Tooth
In this situation, it’s important to act quickly. Call us and come to our dental office within an hour. When you pick up the tooth, touch the crown only. Do not hold it by the root or try to remove any tissue that is still attached. After you rinse the tooth with water, you can try to reposition it in the socket or store it in milk or saliva. Remember to keep it moist!
My Child Lost a Filling
Although this may not seem like an emergency situation, your child’s tooth could be more susceptible to a painful infection without the filling to protect it. Until we are able to replace it, encourage your child to avoid chewing with that part of their mouth, and you can put dental wax or sugarless gum over the tooth.
My Child has a Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
When cuts or bites happen, your first priority should be to stop the bleeding. If it hasn’t stopped within 10 minutes after applying pressure, take your child to the emergency room. Even if the bleeding does stop, you may still need to take them to the emergency room for stitches, depending on the extent of the wound.
How to Help Your Child Avoid Dental Emergencies
In some cases, no matter how many precautions you take, a dental emergency can still happen. However, many can be prevented if you do the following:
- Make sure that your child brushes and flosses their teeth every day.
- Bring them to our Katy dental office for a checkup and cleaning every six months.
- Have them wear a sportsguard or night mouthguard if necessary.
- Discourage biting or chewing hard things like ice, pencils, or popcorn kernels.
- Do not let them use their teeth to open packaging.
The Cost of Treating Your Child’s Dental Emergencies
Just like your child is unique, their dental emergency will differ from the next kid’s as well. Depending on the situation, they might need a little filling or maybe a more complex treatment. Regardless, you can depend on Happy Chompers Pediatric Dentistry to give your child the care they need to recover their oral health. If you have questions about the cost, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. We’ll happily explain your insurance benefits and do what we can to give you savings.
Dental Emergency FAQs
Do you know what to do if your child is suddenly facing a dental emergency? From falling off a bike to a throbbing toothache to a hard hit on the football field, your emergency pediatric dentist in Katy wants you to be prepared and feel confident in how you handle these types of situations. As always, you’ll want to call our office first to alert us to the crisis. Based on the information provided, we will be able to determine if you should bring your child in immediately. But until you’re able to make it to our office for treatment, we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions that might help give you better peace of mind when accidents happen. Should you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
How will I know if my child is facing a real dental emergency?
Should you notice that the bleeding is not ceasing, swelling is not going down, or your child is complaining of increased pain, you’ll want to get them in to see us as soon as possible. If their jaw is fractured or broken, get them to an emergency room for immediate medical attention.
It’s best that you and your child understand that dental emergencies do not “fix themselves,” so even if it doesn’t seem serious, give us a call and let us determine if it’s a real crisis or not.
Will sedation be available when my child is being treated?
Yes, at Happy Chompers Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. A is happy to provide various methods of sedation dentistry to ensure your child is calm and comfortable while we examine and treat their dental emergency. The types of sedation we offer include:
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- IV Sedation
- General Anesthesia
- Hospital/OR Anesthesia
Should Dr. A believe it necessary, he will discuss various sedation options when you and your child arrive at our office.
When should I bring my child in for a toothache?
It’s always best to err on the side of caution and get your child in immediately if pain is persistent. Providing them with an over-the-counter pain reliever that is age-appropriate should help to alleviate some discomfort; however, if the pain remains and begins to increase, you’ll want to call us to schedule an appointment sooner rather than later. It could be anything from lodged food that is stuck between teeth or decay that has reached the inner layer of the tooth and requires pulp therapy in order to remedy the problem.
Only Dr. A will be able to tell if the problem is more severe than originally believed.
What if we’re out of town?
Let’s face it: dental emergencies can happen at any time, any place. That means, even while you and your family are enjoying a nice, relaxing beach vacation, problems can still arise, making it difficult to know what to do. Should your child come to you with a serious dental problem, find a dentist in the area who can look at the issue and treat it immediately. Once you are back in town, make sure to call our office and alert us to the situation. We will have you bring your child in for a quick examination. Dr. A will then determine if additional treatment or care is necessary.