Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Fayetteville and Bentonville

Dental Emergencies

April 30, 2019

Dental Emergency


DENTAL EMERGENCIES: When it starts to get warm outside, kids become more active. Sometimes as parents we are not fully aware of what we need to be doing when there’s an accident. With sports / contact sports, we recommend mouth guards. You can buy mouth guards at many locations. Also, we make custom ones in our office. While we make custom mouth guards, it’s likely your insurance will not cover the cost.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A DENTAL EMERGENCY? This weekend I had a two-year old fall and crack their front tooth, an eleven-year old fell and cracked a baby molar, and a fourteen-year old horizontally broke their front tooth. One child was on a bike, one on a scooter, and the other was getting out of a pool. All of these are considered accidents. In all of these cases the parents knew to contact the dentist.

Dental emergencies occur in all places. It is best to know what to do in these situations to provide the best oral mouth care for your child. Here are a few things that determine an emergency:

  • Cracked / Broken tooth: When a nerve is exposed on a tooth a great deal of pain and sensitivity occurs.
  • Broken tooth: When the child is in severe pain they will be unable to talk or eat.
  • Teeth that have come out of the mouth: The best way to save the tooth is to put it back into place to help the tooth to survive. Other dental work will follow.
  • Swelling or infection: Any infection that is severe, we will refer you to the emergency room. This is not to frighten parents, but the emergency room is more equipped to handle the infection quickly vs. an oral antibiotic.

We can only take emergency calls for existing patients.

NON EMERGENCIES The most common phone call we receive from parents is when a permanent tooth is growing behind a baby tooth. This isn’t considered an emergency.

A slightly chipped tooth on an infant or child doesn’t usually warrant an emergency. The infant or child will likely be scheduled to be seen in the office on Monday.

General pain or mild swelling can wait until we reopen on Monday. We recommend a pain reliever until the child is seen.

Hope this information is helpful as you and your child prep for these upcoming weeks of warm days and sun!

UPCOMING EVENTS: Over the next few weeks we will have Teacher Appreciation, Mother’s Day, and Graduation. We will be doing giveaways for Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation. We will have three of the Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Boxes and Rachel Hollis, “Start Today” Journals! So be looking out for those giveaways!

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Tonya R. Triplett, DDS
Jerry L. Sanders, DDS
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