Las Vegas Emergency Pediatric Dentistry

Accidents happen, and a chipped tooth, knocked-out tooth, or other dental injury can occur. In these situations, emergency dentistry can provide prompt and effective care for your child, ensuring their comfort and preventing further complications. Dr. Thompson and our experienced team is ready to address your child's dental emergency with compassion and expertise. Contact us right away to schedule an urgent appointment, and let us provide the immediate care your child needs to preserve their oral health and well-being.

What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is any dental issue that needs immediate attention from a qualified dentist. Unlike regular dental problems, dental emergencies can’t wait or they could escalate into more severe issues that are painful and expensive to treat.

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Benefits of Emergency Dentistry

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Prevents Further Damage

If left untreated, dental emergencies can lead to more serious issues. For example, a chipped or cracked tooth can result in infections or complications if it is not addressed right away.

Prompt Pain Relief

Emergency dentistry offers relief for patients in pain following a dental emergency. Dr. Thompson will get to the source of the pain and deal with it right away.

Same-Day Care

We know that dental emergencies don’t always happen during office hours. That’s why Dr. Thompson provides same-day care so patients can get care as soon as possible.

Emergency Dentistry Treatment Process

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When you make it to our practice, the team will usher you into Dr. Thompson office where she’ll assess the severity of your child’s dental emergency. She’ll take into account your child’s symptoms, medical history, and other relevant information. Dr. Thompson will also take steps to stop the bleeding and eliminate severe pain.

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Diagnosis and Pain Management

Next, Dr. Thompson will evaluate your child’s dental condition by conducting a series of tests and taking X-rays if necessary. If your child continues to experience severe pain, Dr. Thompson might inject a local anesthetic into the affected area to provide temporary relief.

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Treatment Plan and Implementation

After the diagnosis, Dr. Thompson will create a treatment plan, walk you through each step, and answer any questions you or your child may have. Dr. Thompson will then implement the treatment, which will vary depending on your child’s condition.

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Post-Treatment and Ongoing Care

After treatment, Dr. Thompson will provide guidelines, tips, and recommendations for promoting recovery and maintaining your child’s oral health. She may also prescribe painkillers to manage the pain and discomfort after treatment.

Have questions about emergency dentistry? Find answers here.

What should I do if my child knocks out a tooth?

Knocked-out baby teeth are not usually replaced, even if they’re lost prematurely. If it’s a baby tooth, your child will need to come into our office to have their mouth examined and cleaned to prevent infection, and to get a “space maintainer.” This prosthetic will maintain the proper gap between their teeth, preventing the adjacent teeth from shifting toward the now-empty socket.

For an adult tooth, though, you need to get help immediately. Recover the tooth, rinse it, and put it in a container of cold milk to keep it moist. Then, come to our office immediately. Don't spend too much time treating pain or bleeding. Your child’s tooth must be re-attached within 1-2 hours for it to be saved, so time is of the essence. We can treat your child’s pain when they get to our office.

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What should I do if my child’s dental work falls out?

Collect the filling, crown, or other piece of dental work and place it in a plastic baggie. Then, call us for a same-day appointment, and make sure to bring your child’s dental work in with you. It may be possible to reattach a crown instead of completely replacing it.

What should I do about a severe toothache?

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A severe toothache could indicate that your child has a deep cavity or an infected tooth. You should schedule a consultation at our office right away, as these are both serious dental emergencies that will only get worse without proper treatment. 

What should I do if my child has chipped, broken or cracked a tooth?

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First, treat their discomfort and bleeding. Then, contact us for a same-day appointment. Even minor tooth damage can cause hairline fractures and these fractures could lead to infections and other complications. After consulting with your child’s dentist, they can determine the best treatment for restoring the damaged tooth, and ensure your child’s smile remains healthy and strong.

What should I do if my child has a loose tooth?

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If a baby tooth has come loose and it’s not due to an oral injury, you don’t have to do anything. Baby teeth are meant to fall out eventually, so this is natural.

However, if one of their teeth becomes loose and is bleeding after an oral injury, it may not be ready to fall out yet. The best thing to do is to get a consultation with your child’s dentist to have their mouth examined, and determine whether the tooth can be saved or if it should be replaced with a space maintainer.

Can I Take My Child To The ER For Tooth Pain?

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While you can take your child to the ER for tooth pain, this is not usually a good idea. There are a few reasons for this. First, most ERs are not meant to treat dental issues. The emergency room is set up to treat life-threatening health issues, and most ERs will not even have a dentist on staff.

Even if you can see a dentist at the ER, though, you’ll end up paying a lot more to get treatment compared to seeing an emergency dentist. Even a simple ER visit can cost thousands of dollars.
Most dental emergencies are not life-threatening, and that includes tooth pain. In general, we only recommend that you go to the ER if your child has another serious complication. For example, if they were in a serious accident and you think their jaw is broken, or they are having trouble breathing or swallowing, you need to call 911 and go to the ER right away. 

Use your best judgment. You shouldn’t hesitate to go to the ER if you think it’s necessary, but in most cases, tooth pain can be treated by an emergency dentist like Dr. Thompson at Desert Kids Dental. If you’re not sure what to do, you can always contact our dental team at (702) 660-7099 to discuss your child’s situation.

What is considered To Be A dental Emergency?

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If your child is experiencing serious pain and discomfort or their mouth is bleeding and you don’t know what to do, they’re having a dental emergency. This category is broader than you may think.

Of course, dental emergencies include dental trauma caused by accidents, slips and falls, hits in contact sports, and other such injuries. This can include cracked, chipped, or broken teeth, or even loose or knocked-out teeth. Large cuts and lacerations to the tongue, cheeks, gums, and other oral tissues are also dental emergencies. All of these conditions are very serious, and demand immediate treatment at Desert Kids Dental

There are lots of other things that qualify for emergency treatment, though. This includes tooth pain, which may indicate a severe cavity or an infected tooth, as well as bleeding when brushing, pieces of food or other objects stuck between the teeth, and failed or damaged dental work, such as a pulled-out filling or dental crown. 

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so if you’re not sure if your child’s condition qualifies for same-day care, the best thing to do is to call Desert Kids Dental at (702) 660-7099. We can ensure your little one gets the care they need in Las Vegas.

Painless Emergency Treatment With Dental Sedation

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Dental emergencies, particularly those caused by dental trauma, can be really painful and scary for kids. That’s why we offer dental sedation for emergency patients, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and even general anesthesia. 

With sedation dentistry from Dr. Sandra Thompson, your child can relax, rest, and get the treatment they need to eliminate their oral pain, restore their tooth, and prevent further complications and oral health issues.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What Should I Do If My Child’s Tooth Is Knocked Out?

The first thing to do when your child knocks out their tooth is to keep calm. A calm state of mind puts you in a better position to handle the situation. Next, you’ll want to clean your hands before picking up and placing the tooth in a jar of cold milk. Use a cotton gauze on the affected region to control the bleeding. Then, contact the team at Desert Kids Dental for prompt emergency dental care.