Children’s Dental Emergencies – Hoover, AL
Quick, Compassionate Care for Your Child’s Smile
Would you know where to go if your child had a dental emergency? Whether they chip a tooth while playing with friends or wake up one morning with a toothache that has them in tears, it’s important to be prepared. Thankfully, at Moulton Dentistry, your Hoover children’s dentist Dr. Marc Moulton offers quick, compassionate care for your child’s smile. With same-day emergency appointments, state-of-the-art technology, and an experience and compassionate dental team, we’re here to help when your family needs it the most.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can be split into two categories. Some are the result of a sudden injury, while others develop over a long period of time. Whatever the case, your first step should be to call us as soon as possible. We’ll give you personalized first aid advice over the phone, but here are some basic tips to keep in mind until you can reach our office.
My Child Has a Toothache
Unfortunately, there’s a list a mile long of all the things that can cause your child dental pain. First, try flossing around the painful tooth to dislodge any debris that may be causing the problem. If the pain persists, use acetaminophen according to its instructions and apply an ice pack for 10 minutes at a time.
My Child Chipped/Broke a Tooth
Collect as many pieces of the damaged tooth as possible, including any that may be lingering in their mouth, and bring them to the office with you. You can cover any sharp edges with a piece of sugarless gum or dental wax. If they’re bleeding, remember to avoid pain medications that contain aspirin.
My Child Unexpectedly Knocked Out a Baby Tooth
Even though baby teeth are meant to come out eventually, losing one too soon can cause problems for the developing permanent tooth underneath. We may need to place a space saver right away to prevent the surrounding teeth from crowding into the space and trapping the permanent tooth.
My Child Knocked Out a Permanent Tooth
Time is of the essence if a permanent tooth gets knocked out. Don’t touch the tooth’s roots and store it in a clean container filled with milk or saliva to keep it viable. Your Hoover emergency dentist will most likely be able to reattach it if you reach us within an hour.
How to Help Your Child Prevent Dental Emergencies
Not every accident can be avoided, but there are ways you can help your son or daughter lower their risk of a dental emergency, like:
- Have them wear a mouthguard while playing sports.
- Discourage chewing on hard objects like pen caps, ice, and their fingernails.
- Make sure they’re brushing and flossing their teeth every day.
- Bring them in for their routine checkups twice a year for preventive care.
The Cost of Treating Your Child’s Dental Emergency
A lot of factors will go into the price of treating your child’s dental emergency. The solution may be as simple as getting a prescription medication or dental filling, but it could be a more complex treatment like a root canal. Not only do we accept a variety of dental insurance policies, but we have special offers for emergency visits to help make restoring your child’s oral health as affordable as possible. To learn more about accepted insurance policies, financing options, and our special offers, give us a call today!