Emergency Pediatric Dentistry - Lincoln, NE
Immediate Care for Hurting Smiles
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
- 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
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.