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Emergency Dentistry Specialist

Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry -  - Pediatric Dentistry

Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry & Dentistry located in Oklahoma City, OK & Midwest City, OK

When your child needs emergency dentistry, it’s important to have a go-to provider you can trust. At Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry in Oklahoma City and Midwest City, Oklahoma, the dedicated pediatric dentistry team is ready to help with emergencies like knocked-out teeth and mouth pain. Special needs adults are welcome, too. Call the office closest to you today.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

When does my child need emergency dentistry?

There are several problems that might require emergency dentistry, including:

Knocked-out tooth

A knocked-out tooth doesn't necessarily mean the tooth is lost for good. If your child's tooth gets knocked out, hold it by the crown and then rinse it in cool or lukewarm (not hot) water if it's dirty. 

Submerge the tooth in a glass of milk to keep it alive until you can get to Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry. For the best chance to save the tooth, get to the office within 30 minutes.

Cracked or chipped tooth

If your child cracks or chips a tooth, promptly rinse their mouth with lukewarm water. Use a cold compress on the face to minimize swelling and pain and get to Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry promptly for care.

Tooth pain

If your child suffers from tooth pain, swish lukewarm water in their mouth. If there’s food stuck between their teeth, use dental floss to extract it. But, if your child has any non-food object stuck in their teeth, don’t attempt to remove it yourself. The Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry team can diagnose the problem and then treat it right away.

For other dental problems, simply reach out to the Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry team for advice.

How can I prevent a pediatric dental emergency?

There are a few steps you can take to protect your child from some common pediatric dental emergencies, including:

Protective gear

Always outfit your child in protective gear, including a mouthguard when they're playing any contact sports or participating in recreational activities with risks of injury.

Avoid non-foods

Teach your child that ice isn't food they can chew or crunch on. This also applies to popcorn kernels, peach pits, and other very hard (and generally inedible) items. 

Don't use teeth the wrong way

Teach your child that teeth are for chewing, not for cutting or for ripping packages open. 

Your child's Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry provider may have additional tips for preventing dental disasters in kids.

When does my child need a hospital for dental emergencies?

If your child has a dental emergency that could be life-threatening, such as massive uncontrollable mouth bleeding, it’s best to proceed to the closest hospital emergency room. If you’re not sure whether it’s a life-threatening emergency or something the Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry team can handle, just call for help. 

Call the Smiling Faces Pediatric Dentistry for fast emergency dentistry help today.