Children’s Dental Emergencies – Covina, CA
Immediate Care For Your Child’s Smile
It’s bad enough when you experience a dental injury; however, when it happens to your child, you may feel entirely helpless. The good news is that in most situations, common dental emergencies are easily treated by an emergency dentist in Covina. Dr. Tran and his team at Covina Family Dental see children come in with busted lips, chipped enamel, and even knocked-out baby teeth. The good news is you don’t have to worry about relying on the emergency room doctors or a specialist to take care of your child’s smile. Instead, we can provide start-to-finish treatment in-house, allowing for a convenient and comfortable visit for you and your little one. Contact us today to find out more about our emergency services.
Symptoms of a Child’s Dental Emergency and When to Call for Help
From the moment you hear your child cry out in pain or fear, you drop what you’re doing and immediately rush to their side. While this immediate reaction is cause for jumping in the car and heading to the dentist’s office, some dental emergencies are not so obvious.
If your child is displaying any of the following symptoms, it could be that they are experiencing a serious problem that needs to be addressed by Dr. Tran and his team:
- They experience tooth sensitivity while eating or drinking
- A particular tooth is causing immense pain and pressure in the mouth and around the ear
- They have a tooth that has been knocked out
- Their tooth is cracked, broken, or fractured
- They’ve lost a dental filling and/or crown
- Your child begins to express that they have a bad taste in their mouth, develop a fever, or have gums that appear puffy (these are signs of an abscess)
Common Children’s Dental Emergencies
Adults and children often experience the same type of dental emergencies, all of which can be treated using the right services and a knowledgeable professional. Many of the following injuries do require a visit to our office; however, while at home waiting for an appointment, you can perform various at-home tricks to keep your child comfortable.
If an object is lodged between their teeth, take a strand of dental floss and remove it. If it is discovered there is nothing between their teeth, it may be that there is an infection developing inside their tooth and/or soft oral tissues. In this instance, you can provide them with an over-the-counter pain reliever as well as place a cold compress onto the area for 10 minutes. By performing the 10-on, 10-off maneuver, this will help to decrease discomfort. It is likely your child will need a more complex method of treatment once Dr. Tran can examine their oral cavity.
When a tooth is knocked out for any reason, time is of the essence. You will need to retrieve it, if possible, and wash off any debris. Be careful to only hold the tooth by its crown to avoid damaging the root. Once cleaned, try to insert it back into your child’s mouth. If this is unsuccessful, place the tooth in a container of milk or have your child hold it between their cheek and gums inside their mouth. Depending on their age, keeping it in milk might be the best solution to avoid them accidentally swallowing or losing the tooth. If you arrive within an hour of the incident, we may be able to save the tooth.
Lost Dental Filling or Crown
If your child’s dental crown or filling is lost or comes out, you can use a small bit of denture adhesive to put it back in place. Toothpaste is also a viable option. Until you can get in to see Dr. Tran, make sure your child avoids chewing on that side of their mouth.
Should your little one come to you and complain of a chipped or broken tooth, use a small amount of dental wax, and place it over the jagged areas of the tooth. This will protect their soft tissues (i.e. lips, cheeks, gums, tongue) from becoming irritated. You can also use sugar-free gum in the meantime. Once you arrive at our office, a children’s dentist in Covina will need to see the broken pieces, so make sure to bring them with you if at all possible.
Understanding the Cost of Children’s Dental Emergencies
Since these visits are unexpected, you can expect the cost to be a bit higher when it comes to filing it under your dental insurance. Fortunately, most dental insurance companies offer some level of coverage for restorative services, but the amount they’ll pay is dependent upon your plan. At Covina Family Dental, we are proud to be an in-network provider with Delta Dental, Cigna, and Sun Life Assurant, but if you’re uninsured, don’t worry! Your child can still receive the care they need, and you can rest easy knowing you can break up the cost of their visit with an in-house payment plan or available financing through CareCredit.