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Emergency Pediatric Dentistry - Lincoln, NE

Immediate Care for Hurting Smiles

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Dental emergencies are always stressful situations, especially when one concerns your child. If your child is dealing with a bad toothache or has just been in an accident where they’ve broken or knocked out teeth, know that help is easily available. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Marty and the rest of our team will be happy to schedule your child for an immediate appointment so we can relieve their pain and fix the problem right away. Rather than waste time in a waiting room at the ER, we can help your child feel better faster.

Why Choose Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry for Emergency Dentistry?

  • Same-day Appointments Available for Patients in Pain
  • Warm, Friendly & Highly
    Experienced Dental Team
  • Pediatric Dentist With Years of Specialized Training

How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

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Ideally, you would be able to bring your child to come see us immediately in the case of a dental emergency. Of course, we all know that life often makes situations less than ideal! Whether your child is experiencing pain due to dental infection or physical trauma, there are a few things you can do on your own to improve the situation and increase the chances we’ll be able to save their tooth. Be sure to follow these tips if you aren’t able to reach our dental office right away:

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Lost Filling/Crown

Find the restoration, give it a quick rinse, and attempt to place it back onto your child’s tooth. If it won’t stay, try using some toothpaste to help. Make sure your child avoids chewing with the tooth until we’re able to see them and repair it.

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Knocked-Out Tooth

Even though the baby teeth are meant to fall out anyway, should one be knocked out in an accident, you should still bring your child to our dental office so we can check on their remaining teeth. When it comes to a knocked-out adult tooth, you need to come see us as quickly as possible so we can put it back into place. Recover the tooth, rinse it off, and try to put it back into its socket. If this isn’t working, store the tooth with either some milk or saltwater.

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Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

Apply pressure to the wound with a bit of tissue paper to help the blood clot more quickly. If the bleeding persists for more than 10 minutes, head straight to your local ER.

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Often, a toothache can just be the result of some food debris being stuck between the teeth, so see if flossing and rinsing around the tooth help with the problem. If not, then it’s likely being caused by a cavity or crack in the enamel. In this case, an OTC pain medication and cold compress can help provide some temporary relief. Often, we’re able to stop the pain and save a tooth from extraction using root canal therapy.

Learn About Root Canal Therapy

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Chipped/Broken Tooth

If your child has chipped a baby tooth, this isn’t that big of a deal, but you should still bring them in to see us so we can make sure their surrounding teeth and jaw are okay. In the case of a chipped/broken permanent tooth, try to gather as many pieces of the tooth that you can before coming to see us. Use a cold compress to control any swelling, and if the remaining tooth has a rough edge, cover it with either some sugarless gum or dental wax.

Learn About Tooth Extractions

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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  • Do you have a little athlete at home? If so, make sure they wear a mouthguard every time they play sports—this will ensure their smile finishes a game in the same condition it started!
  • Don’t let your child munch on ice, popcorn kernels, rock candies, pens, pencils, fingernails, or other extremely hard items.
  • Is your child having trouble getting a package open? Don’t let them use and potentially chip their teeth—have them grab the scissors (if they’re old enough) instead!
  • Have your child maintain their oral hygiene at home and make sure they attend regular checkups with Dr. Marty. This will prevent those small problems that could turn into big emergencies later.

The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies

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No two dental emergencies are exactly alike, and because of this, there is no fixed price for urgent dental care. When you bring your child to see us, our goals will be to get them out of pain before addressing any damage to their teeth. We understand that emergency dental care is usually an unexpected expense, which is why we’re happy to accept a number of flexible payment options. In addition to accepting all dental insurance, low-to-no interest financing is always available as well.

Pediatric Dentistry FAQs

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As you strive to prevent as many pediatric dental emergencies as possible, your little one is likely to experience the feeling of biting down too hard on their lip, chipping a tooth, or even struggling with a painful toothache. Although not all dental injuries are avoidable, as a parent, you want to be informed about what to do, where to go, and how to calm your child during this panic-stricken moment. To answer your questions, Dr. Killeen and the team at Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry are pleased to provide some frequently asked questions about pediatric dental emergencies for you to review. Should you need additional information, don’t hesitate to contact our office.

How can I keep my child calm before their visit?

A dental emergency will likely cause your child to go into panic mode. For this reason alone, you should always try to remain calm. We know it’s scary but reminding your son or daughter that the dentist’s office is the best place to receive the help they need is important. Also, reiterating how they will feel much better once their visit is complete will help to reassure them that there’s nothing to fear and everything will be fine in a short amount of time.

Will my child receive sedation dentistry during treatment?

At Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry, we are pleased to offer nitrous oxide sedation and general anesthesia to make your child comfortable during their visit. Depending on the severity of the injury and type of restorative service needed, Dr. Killeen will decide which method is best for your little one. No matter what they receive, you can trust that your child’s safety and comfort will be our top priorities.

When should I take my child to the emergency room?

Understandably, you would think to take your child to the emergency room when faced with a dental injury; however, only if they are bleeding from the mouth continuously, experience increased swelling, or are suffering from a broken or fractured jaw should they be taken to the ER. All other dental injuries should be seen by an emergency pediatric dentist.

What can I give my child for the pain?

Depending on the age of your child, an over-the-counter pain reliever like Tylenol can help to minimize discomfort and make them more comfortable. If you’re unsure how much you should give your child, contact their pediatrician right away. When calling our office to alert us to the problem, don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations regarding pain relief. Usually, a cold compress or ice pack is a safe and effective way to reduce any aching feeling as well as decrease swelling.

Do you accept same-day appointments?

Yes! Dr. Killeen will be happy to see your child the same day the injury occurred. All you need to do is call our dental office and explain the situation to one of our staff members. If the situation you describe requires immediate attention, you will be provided an appointment time to bring your child on the same day. Our team understands you and your child want a remedy as quickly as possible, which is why we will always work to get your little one in as soon as we can.