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Emergency Kids’ Dentistry – Wylie, TX

There for You & Your Child When You Need Us

Child in need of emergency dentistry holding jaw

Dental emergencies are no laughing matter. For children, the shock of the situation can make it extremely difficult to help calm them down and do what you need to protect their smile from the threat of additional damage. Fortunately, you’ve got an amazing emergency pediatric dentist by your side, Dr. Pearson! Just give us a call if you find yourself in a sticky dental situation and we’ll work quickly to get your child into our dental office the same day for emergency kids' dentistry in Wylie, TX.

Why Choose Wylie Children's Dentistry
for Emergency Kids' Dentistry?

  • We Accept
    Dental Insurance
  • Same-Day & Weekend
    Emergency Appointments
  • 24-Hour Answering
    Service Available

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Dentist examining child's smile during emergency dentistry visit

The first step you should always take if your child just experienced a dental emergency is to contact our dental office. We’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance to protect their smile and schedule an appointment for as soon as possible. Once they get to our dental office, we’ll talk to them to help them feel a little more relaxed and capture any diagnostic information we need to be able to see what treatment will get them out of pain and fix the issue. Below, we’ve also included some helpful tips for parents as you’re making your way to our dental office.

Child with toothache holding cheek

My Child Has a Toothache

If your child has a toothache that is causing pain and discomfort from a cavity for instance, here’s what you can do until you can make an appointment. Clean your child’s tooth gently with a toothbrush (soft if you have one) and gentle flossing to remove any other food that may be stuck there and aggravating it. Use a rinse made of salt and warm water, mixed thoroughly.

While ointments like Orajel may seem like the thing to use, you should actually avoid this because it can cause pain to worsen as well as the damage. If the pain doesn’t go away with the brushing and rinsing, use a children’s version of acetaminophen or ibuprofen, like Tylenol or Motrin. Continue this regimen of home care until an appointment can be made for your child to be seen.

Little girl with damaged tooth covering her mouth

My Child Has a Chipped/Broken Permanent Tooth

If your child should suffer a broken or chipped tooth, have your child rinse their mouth with warm water. Call us right away and if you have the broken piece, bring it with you and we can get you in for an appointment as soon as possible.

Child with swollen face holding her cheeks

My Child Has Facial Swelling

If you notice your child’s face is swollen (usually happening on one side), this could be very serious. Call our dental office immediately. If the swelling continues to grow such as nearing the eye or has breathing trouble or any other symptoms, take your child to the emergency room immediately or call 911. Call us as soon as you can after that.

Young boy with knocked out tooth covering her mouth

My Child Has Knocked-Out
a Baby Tooth

The procedure for a baby tooth that has been knocked out is different. DO NOT try to put it back in the socket as this can cause damage to the permanent tooth to come. Make sure that the baby tooth wasn’t swallowed and use warm water to rinse your child’s mouth. Put something soft like a paper towel in your child’s mouth and have them bite down on it. Call us and we will get your child in for an appointment as soon as possible to have a look and make sure that the mouth is healing correctly.

Young girl with a knocked out permanent tooth covering her mouth

My Child Has Knocked-Out a Permanent Tooth

If an adult or permanent tooth is knocked out, act quickly at home and we can be of help here. Get the tooth as quickly as possible, rinse under water, and put the tooth back in the socket as soon as you can. Place something soft in your child’s mouth over the tooth and instruct your child to bite down on it to hold it in socket. If this is not possible, then put the tooth in a Save-A-Tooth or cold milk. Placing the tooth in water or keeping it dry can damage the root and replacement may not be possible. Call us and get here as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence, and if you act quickly enough, we have a better chance at putting it back in the socket and saving it.

Young boy with a bitten cheek holding his face

My Child Has a Cut or Bitten Lip, Tongue, or Cheek

If your child happens to bite their tongue, lip, or cheek severely enough for bleeding to occur, make sure you clean the bitten area well. Gently clean with water. Some children have a tendency to bite their lips, tongue or cheek, especially if they had their mouth numbed for treatment. Try and make sure that your child doesn’t do this. They could hurt themselves and not know it due to residual numbness. If it is a lip injury that requires stitches, get your child to an emergency room or like facility. For small, intraoral cuts, call us and we will fit you in the same day.

Child with lost filling receiving dental treatment

My Child Lost a Filling

If you can find the filling, you can rinse it off and temporarily place it back on their tooth using a dab of toothpaste. They also sell temporary filling kits at pharmacy’s as well. However, it’s important to remember that in order to prevent an infection from developing, your child should have their restoration permanently repaired or replaced by a professional.

How to Help Your Child Prevent Dental Emergencies

Young boy receiving dental checkup to prevent dental emergencies

It’s important to keep in mind that accidents happen, and there’s no way to completely prevent a dental emergency from occurring. However, there are some precautionary measures you could help them take to reduce their risk, including:

  • Making sure they brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day.
  • Help them maintain a well-balanced diet that isn’t filled with too many sugars or carbs.
  • Protect their smiles if they grind their teeth at night or play sports.
  • Bring them in for their bi-annual checkups and cleanings.
  • Inquire about whether they could benefit from dental sealants or fluoride treatments.

The Cost of Treating Your Child’s Dental Emergencies

Young boy smiling after emergency dentistry

No two dental emergency situations are the same, which is why we aren’t able to determine the treatment your child will require until we’ve had a chance to examine their mouth and diagnose the underlying problem. Based on our diagnosis, we’ll walk you through possible treatment options along with pricing. We are in-network with most PPO dental insurance plans and are more than happy to help you navigate your benefits to make treatment as affordable as possible.