Emergency Pediatric Dentist — Nashua, NH
Fast, Gentle Care for Hurting Smiles
Despite all your best efforts to keep your child happy and healthy, it’s no secret that accidents just happen sometimes. So what would you do if your child suddenly broke a tooth or woke up with a searing toothache? Waiting it out could make the problem worse, but going to an emergency room could cost you unnecessary time, money, and hassle. Instead, all you have to do is give Simply Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics a call! We offer fast, gentle care for hurting smiles when your family needs it most.
Why Choose Simply Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics for Emergency Pediatric Dental Care?
- #1 Pediatric Dentist with Over 15 Years of Experience
- #2 Calming Sedation Dentistry Available for Maximum Comfort
- #3 Dental Insurance Welcome & Flexible Financing Available
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
If your little one experiences a dental emergency, don’t panic! Having an experienced team like ours here at Simply Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in your corner can take some of the stress out of these scary situations. Take a deep breath and follow these steps:
- Call us as soon as you can: As soon as it is safe to do so, call our practice. We’ll schedule your child for an appointment so we can see them as quickly as possible, and we’ll walk you through basic first-aid for handling your child’s situation until you arrive.
- See your Nashua emergency pediatric dentist: When you arrive, Dr. Kalali will see your little one right away. Once she has provided any necessary pain relief, she’ll review her findings with you and work to create a custom treatment plan for your child with you.
- Get your child the fast, gentle care they need: With a variety of services, the latest technology, an orthodontist, and a pediatric dentist all under one roof, we are well-equipped to handle practically any dental emergency. Your child’s comfort and well-being will always be our top priority, and they’ll be back to enjoying a happy, healthy, and pain-free smile before you know it!
The Most Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s not always easy to tell if your child needs urgent attention. We trust your instincts as a parent and encourage you to call us right away as soon as you notice that something is off about your child’s smile. Over the phone, we’ll help you determine if your little one needs to be seen for an emergency appointment. We’ll also give you personalized instructions for how to manage their symptoms and keep the problem from getting worse. Below, you’ll find some important information about handling the most common dental emergencies we treat.
Understanding the Cost of Pediatric Dental Emergencies
Every dental emergency is different. Some issues will require personalized restorations or complex procedures, while others may only need a simple filling or antibiotics. The only way to know for sure how much your child’s dental emergency will cost to treat is to come see us for an evaluation. Fortunately, emergency visits themselves are relatively inexpensive, and most services used to treat a dental emergency are covered by dental insurance. If you don’t have dental insurance, we’ll be happy to help you explore your options for making your child’s care affordable, such as CareCredit financing.
How to Prevent Pediatric Dental Emergencies
A shockingly high number of dental emergencies stem from decay and other problems that could have easily been prevented with a few healthy habits. Since it’s always better to avoid an emergency rather than treat one after it’s happened, it’s important to be vigilant about protecting your child’s smile from harm. Don’t worry – this doesn’t require anything especially complex; simply implement the following best practices!
Bring Them in for a Checkup and Cleaning Biannually
Beginning around their first birthday, your child should visit our Nashua pediatric dentist every six months. During these appointments, we will cover a lot of ground – from checking your child’s teeth for cavities to examining the development of their jaw. This ensures that we get ahead of common issues, like cavities and overcrowding. Plus, we can answer any questions you have, whether it’s about unhealthy habits (like thumb-sucking) or how to pique your child’s interest in caring for their smile.
Reinforce Good Oral Hygiene Habits At Home
We know that brushing and flossing isn’t always the most enjoyable activity for your child, but it’s crucial! So, remain vigilant about creating good oral hygiene habits. It may seem like a hassle at times but remember: a serious dental injury is considerably more inconvenient. As always, our pediatric dental team in Nashua is here to be a resource. So, if you need help motivating your child or want some tips on how to thoroughly clean their teeth at home, don’t hesitate to ask.
Focus on Nutrient-Dense, Smile-Friendly Foods
Many children would be content living on chicken fingers, soda, and candy. While all of these are fine in moderation, it’s important that your child’s diet is also loaded with vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables. These will give their body the nutrients it needs to fight off infections as well as keep their bones and teeth strong. On a similar note, make sure they don’t bite into anything too crunchy, like hard candies. This is one of the easiest ways to wind up heading to our office for urgent dental care.
Make Sure Your Child Wears a Mouthguard During Sports
Enrolling your child in a sport is great for numerous reasons (including that it helps them burn off some of that never-ending energy!). However, it’s also important to protect their teeth in the process. Otherwise, an afternoon on the field can result in a chipped, cracked, or completely knocked-out tooth. Fortunately, you can significantly reduce the chances of that happening to your child by giving them a custom-made mouthguard to wear during practices and games.
Redirect Unhealthy Dental Habits
Over the years, your child might develop some unhealthy dental habits that put their teeth at risk, like biting their nails or sucking on their thumb. Since these are often in response to stress or fear, it’s important not to scold them – this has the potential to increase the behavior you’re trying to eliminate. Instead, try redirecting them with a different activity.
Pediatric Dental Emergency FAQs
Hopefully, your child’s smile will stay healthy and strong year after year. Since accidents can happen at a moment’s notice, however, it’s still a good idea to be prepared for a dental emergency – just in case. If you want to learn more on the topic, you can reach out to our Nashua pediatric dental team or read on!
Are toothpicks safe to use?
There are a few reasons the answer is “no.” First, fragments of the toothpick can easily break off, irritating your child’s gums in the process. Second, toothpicks can be deadly if accidentally swallowed. That’s why we recommend taking a different approach if your child has something stuck between their teeth: have them rinse with warm saltwater before using some floss to gently remove the debris.
Are knocked-out baby teeth a dental emergency?
That depends. If one of your child’s baby teeth is knocked-out prematurely or their surrounding teeth were injured in the process, then we will likely recommend bringing them to our office right away for treatment. On the other hand, if they are around the age where their teeth are supposed to fall out, the situation may not be as urgent. When you call, we’ll learn more about your unique situation and the symptoms your child is experiencing to help you determine what the next best step is.
Do chipped teeth heal?
No, chipped teeth cannot heal on their own. Plus, they can result in sensitivity and even develop an infection. That’s why we recommend bringing your child in for an exam, even if the damage seems relatively small.
Should my child visit the emergency room for dental emergencies?
If your child is in pain, you might think that you should head to the ER. However, hospitals don’t typically have dentists on staff, which can result in you just having another bill to pay. For that reason, you should only take them to the ER if they are having trouble breathing, can’t swallow, or are experiencing another potentially life-threatening symptom.
Will my child’s toothache go away on its own?
If your child’s teeth are a bit sore because of their braces, then the sensation should subside within a day or two. If you have any reason to believe that their toothache is the result of an untreated oral health issue, however, like a cavity, then you should call us ASAP. After all, tooth decay and other dental damage cannot heal without professional treatment. The sooner we can pinpoint and treat the root of the problem, the sooner your child’s pain-free smile will be restored.