Emergency Kids’ Dentistry – Palm Harbor, FL
Don’t Let Your Child Suffer from Dental Pain
Over the years, Dr. Maggie and Dr. Lorielle have seen all kinds of accidents and infections that have led to injured or decayed teeth. Call our dental office immediately if your child breaks a tooth, suffers a severe toothache, or experiences any other kind of dental emergency that cannot wait. The sooner you act by calling us for emergency kids' dentistry in Palm Harbor, FL, the easier it will be for us to ensure that the accident doesn’t affect the long-term development of their permanent teeth.
Why Choose Dr. Maggie Davis & Associates for Emergency Kids’ Dentistry?
- Certified Pediatric Dentists with Experience in Treating Oral Injuries
- Relaxing Environment Helps Children Feel Safe
- 24/7 Emergency Phone Line
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Our goal is to see your child as quickly as we can when they need urgent care. In the meantime, there are plenty of things you can do to help them stay safe and make the situation as comfortable as possible. You can follow the tips below for handling common emergencies or we can give you additional advice on the phone if you need it.
My Child Has a Toothache
Before you do anything, give your child a glass of saltwater to rinse their mouth, and help them floss around the tooth that’s hurting. Sometimes simply removing debris stuck between the teeth can solve the problem. Otherwise, give them ibuprofen or consider rotating with other over the counter pain relievers.
My Child Has a Chipped/Broken Permanent Tooth
Check the tooth and nearby gums to see if they’re bleeding. You can stop the blood with a piece of gauze, but if it can’t be controlled, you should call a hospital. Gather any broken pieces you can find and bring them with you. Do not let your child eat any hard foods until after they’ve received treatment.
My Child Has Knocked Out a Baby Tooth
Sometimes a knocked-out baby tooth isn’t an issue at all, but in other cases, it could end up complicating your child’s oral development. Call our pediatric dental office as soon as you can. We likely will not replant the tooth but will need to check for damage to the adjacent or developing permanent teeth. Additional steps may be needed to preventing drifting of other teeth into the gap.
My Child Has Knocked Out a Permanent Tooth
Needless to say, losing a permanent tooth is much more worrisome than losing a baby tooth. Try to put the tooth back in its socket while being careful to only touch the part used for chewing. You can also keep it in a container of milk. An appointment should be made within an hour of the accident.
My Child Lost a Filling/Crown
Save the crown if possible as we might be able to reuse it. Have your child gargle with salt water to clean the area and brush the tooth gently. Discourage them from chewing with the exposed tooth. Use dental floss to remove food particles that may cause painful swellings of the gums.
How to Help Your Child Prevent Dental Emergencies
The best kind of treatment for any emergency is to stop it from happening at all. Help your child avoid accidents and infections with these tips:
- Make sure that they are sticking to their oral hygiene routine (brushing at least twice and flossing daily). You may want to monitor them until you’re sure that they’ve picked up the habit by themselves.
- If they sign up for sports, get them a mouthguard for protection. It doesn’t matter which sport it is; all physical activities carry some degree of risk to the teeth.
- Visit the dentist at least every 6 months and schedule any recommended treatment within 2 weeks.
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
The cost of emergency dentistry in Palm Harbor cannot be determined until you bring your child in to see Dr. Maggie for treatment. While you might be tempted to rush them to the emergency room, the truth is that only certain situations (i.e., continuous bleeding from the mouth, broken or fractured jaw, or increased swelling) should have you visiting the ER first. You should also understand that when it comes to price, a normal visit to the ER can run between $400-$1,500 while visiting a pediatric dentist may only cost $90-$200.
As a parent, you’re going to do everything you can to get your child the help they need, but even if you’re concerned about being able to pay, you can trust our team to work with you to maximize your dental insurance benefits as well as provide alternative solutions to make emergency dentistry more affordable.
Every Dental Emergency is Different
No two cases are alike, which is why treatment recommendations will vary depending on the severity of your child’s dental emergency. In most situations, prescription mouthwash, a dental filling, or antibiotics can address the problem and improve their smile. Other cases require more extensive and complex care, such as pulp therapy or even tooth extraction.
No matter the type of treatment needed, your child’s emergency dentist in Palm Harbor will thoroughly explain the process and procedure as well as how much you can expect to pay for our team to take care of their dental emergency.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
You will need to review your dental insurance plan, but it is believed that most companies offer at least one emergency exam each year that is covered in full. Of course, depending on the type of treatment your child will need, the amount your insurance will pay will likely range between 50-80% of the total cost. Your deductible and annual maximum will be considered before they agree to pay anything toward treatment, so if you need help to identify how much you can expect your insurer to cover, don’t be afraid to ask our dental team.
Of course, if you want to help your child avoid emergency dental visits in the future, it’s important that you help them maintain good oral hygiene at home. And because most dental plans offer preventive care at 80-100%, you’ll be putting your child on the right path to better oral health by keeping their regular six-month appointments.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
Your child must receive emergency dental treatment as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage. After an emergency exam, we can provide a thorough list of needs and offer several payment options, including flexible payment plans through CareCredit. For those that don’t have insurance, our Palm Harbor Pediatric Smile Club offers a variety of plans that cover the costs of one emergency visit each year. For a low monthly fee, your child can receive basic dental care as well as 20% off all other treatments.
Taking Care of Your Smile Can Save You Money
Your child’s smile deserves the best possible care. By making sure they see their pediatric dentist every six months for regular dental checkups and cleanings and helping them maintain optimal oral habits at home, you can minimize their risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. While not all dental emergencies are avoidable, especially when you have an on-the-go, hyperactive child, those that linger (i.e., toothache, sensitivity, etc.) can lead to serious oral health problems that can be prevented.
It is believed that more than 51 million school hours are lost every year because children must seek treatment for dental problems. If you want to ensure your child’s academic success, you’ll take a proactive approach when it comes to their oral health.
Frequently Asked Questions about Kids’ Dental Emergencies
When things suddenly go wrong, a million thoughts can pass through your mind as you try to find the best way to deal with it. In dental emergencies, we want you to know exactly where you can go for help—Dr. Maggie Davis & Associates Pediatric Dentists. Right here, you can get answers to your questions and an appointment for your child set quickly. Here are some common questions we’re asked, and we hope our responses will ease some of your worry in a dental emergency.
Should I Take My Child to the ER for a Dental Emergency?
When your child is in pain, your knee-jerk reaction may be to go the ER for immediate treatment. However, most hospitals or even urgent care facilities don’t have the equipment or training to handle dental emergencies. At most, they may be able to provide antibiotics or pain medication, but you will still have to visit a pediatric dentist for a long-term solution.
What Could Happen If I Wait to Treat a Dental Emergency?
Sometimes, such as when your child has a cold, your child can eventually get better on their own without having to turn to a doctor. That is not the case with dental problems! A cavity or broken tooth is vulnerable to harmful bacteria and will only get worse over time. Not only can this give your child significant pain, but it can impact their overall well-being and confidence. That’s why it’s important to treat the issue as soon as possible.
What Should I Do If My Child Is Bleeding from the Mouth or Suffers Soft Tissue Damage?
Hold clean gauze or a clean cloth at the site. The bleeding should subside within a couple of minutes. Afterward, you still need to bring your child to our office. We’ll check to make sure there’s no additional damage to permanent teeth under the gum surface.
Can Root Canals Be Performed on Baby Teeth?
Yes. Although baby teeth are smaller and thinner, they still have the same layers, including a pulp, where the tooth’s nerve lives. If necessary, we can perform a root canal, called pulp therapy, on a baby tooth to preserve it until it naturally comes out.
Will My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
It depends on your insurance plan and on the treatment needed to fix the problem. Many plans cover part of the cost of fillings, dental crowns, and other procedures. Contact your insurance provider to check your coverage, and our team will happily file claims on your behalf so that you can focus on getting your child well again. If you don’t have dental insurance for your child, we offer a savings plan that includes one emergency visit per year and a 20 percent discount on most of our restorative services.