Emergency Dental Appointments
Kids are active in sports and play. At Bitesize Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that kid activities can cause dental emergencies from time to time. A child with a dental emergency can cause stress for both your child and you, especially after hours when you are not sure when treatment can occur. Both Dr. Raf and Dr. Rupin are available for emergencies at any time to restore your child’s comfort and health as quickly as possible.
When to Call 911 or Head to the Emergency Room
Any time your child has an accident that involves a head, neck, or back injury, it is important to address it immediately by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency room. Uncontrolled bleeding or signs of disorientation are also indicators that an emergency room visit is in order.
Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies
The most common dental emergencies regarding children often involve trauma to a tooth. Falling on the playground, bumping a tooth, or experiencing a fracture are some of the most common emergencies we treat.
Pain, discoloration, or broken teeth all constitute dental emergencies, and you should call our office right away. We will ask a series of questions to determine the nature of the emergency and prepare our office for an emergency visit.
Upon arrival, we may take an x-ray to assist with diagnosis. Once we determine your child’s condition, we will present treatment options to restore comfort and health. Our goal is always to save teeth whenever possible. In some cases, extractions are the best way to protect your child’s health.
What if Your Child Loses a Tooth?
If an accident causes premature loss of a secondary (adult) tooth and you can find the tooth, place it back in the socket if possible. It may be necessary to hold it in place with a clean finger or gauze until we can meet you at the office. If placing it back in your child’s mouth is not possible, place it in a glass of milk and bring it with you.
If your child loses a primary tooth, we will not replace it, but an emergency exam is still a good idea to rule out any trauma to surrounding teeth.
After we provide palliative treatment, we may recommend a follow-up dental appointment to monitor healing and complete treatment. We will advise you of any necessary appointments so you can plan accordingly.
Contact Our Brooklyn, NY Pediatric Dental Office to Schedule
Whether you are a current or new patient, we welcome you to call our office in the event of an emergency. We will work to restore the health and comfort of your child quickly and effectively so they can get back to playing and learning – what they do best!