Dental Emergencies in Hurst,TX
Dental Emergencies in Hurst, TX
Spend ten minutes at a playground, and there's a good chance that you'll see a child running and falling. What comes next? Lots of tears and, all too often, a broken or lost tooth.
Unfortunately, dental injuries are a part of life, but we are here to help. Hurst Pediatric Dentistry offers emergency care for children throughout the area. We understand that dental emergencies require immediate attention. We do our best to get your child into our office for an appointment quickly to give your child’s tooth the proper care it deserves.
Often when children suffer dental injuries, they feel scared or anxious. Our dentist, Dr. Lin, takes a gentle, kind approach. He has worked with many kids in emergency situations, and he knows the importance of presenting a calm demeanor to help kids feel comfortable and relaxed so that they can receive the treatment they need.
What to Do in a Pediatric Dental Emergency
If a dental injury occurs in conjunction with other medical or bone injuries, medical care should generally be prioritized over dental care. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if your child experiences any of the following:
- Loss of consciousness.
- Confusion / disorientation.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Uncontrolled bleeding.
If your child does not exhibit those symptoms, then call our office right away to schedule your emergency children's dentist appointment. Do your best to stay calm, since children can often sense the emotions of others and may feel upset and panicked if they sense you are worried.
For your reference, we have provided some tips for how to deal with various dental emergencies in the “Dental Emergency Frequently Asked Questions” section below.
Why Select a Pediatric Dentist for an Emergency Case?
In contrast to family dentists and other general dentists, pediatric dentists are dental specialists who are required to complete additional years of training after dental school. This additional training includes instruction in emergency pediatric oral and facial trauma management. When you choose a pediatric dentist, you can trust that you are choosing someone with experience in handling pediatric dental emergency cases.
If your child has had a tooth knocked out or is experiencing any other type of dental emergency, time is of the essence. Visiting a dentist who is experienced at handling pediatric dental emergency cases can have an enormous impact on the success of your child’s treatment.
Dr. Lin completed his pediatric dental residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital, the number one pediatric hospital in the nation. There, he gained extensive experience working on complex trauma cases, including many cases involving coordination with multiple types of specialists. He has been specially trained to work with children to keep them calm, provide emergency pediatric treatments and coordinate with other doctors as necessary to ensure that his patients receive the best emergency care possible.
Book a Visit to an Emergency Pediatric Dentist Near Me
Hurst Pediatric Dentistry is located in Hurst, Texas, and provides emergency pediatric dental care to patients across Hurst, Euless, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Colleyville, Keller, Southlake, Fort Worth and the surrounding area. Schedule a visit today by filling out our appointment form or calling (817) 510-6400.
- Try to locate the tooth to ensure that your child does not choke on it. Sometimes the tooth is pushed inside the gum and might not be immediately visible.
- Call our office to schedule an appointment. In many cases, no treatment will be necessary – baby teeth are rarely reattached because of the risk of infection and damage to the permanent teeth – but it is important for your child to be examined to make sure there is no other damage.
- Make every effort to calm the child.
- Locate the tooth. Pick the tooth up by the crown (the white part). Avoid touching the root. Do not use soap or a scraper to clean the tooth.
- Place the tooth into its socket. Have your child bite on gauze to hold the tooth in position.
- If this is not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk. Do not store the tooth in water.
- Seek emergency dental treatment immediately.
- Time is critical. If you are far away from our office, seek dental care at a nearby pediatric dental office for immediate assistance.
- If it is chipped or broken, there’s a good chance it can be repaired. Locate the fractured tooth piece and contact our office right away.