Emergency Dentistry – Castle Rock, CO
Urgent Care for Growing Smiles
At Castle Rock Smiles, we understand that unexpected things in life happen, especially if you have kids. That’s why we recommend saving our office’s number in your phone so that you’re ready in case a dental emergency occurs to your growing loved ones. When your child experiences a dental emergency, Dr. Benzley and the rest of our team are here to help during this time of need. Unless it is a life-threatening situation, you can turn to our team for fast, gentle care that will get your child back to full oral health.
Handling a Dental Emergency
If you have a dental emergency requiring immediate attention, please call our office right away so we can prepare for your visit. Keep in mind that we are not a walk-in clinic, and there may be a short wait, but we will do everything we can to see your child as soon as possible.
Begin by flossing the area to dislodge anything that may be stuck between the teeth. If you see swelling, apply a cold compress to the outside of the face. DO NOT place aspirin on the gums as this can burn the gum tissue. You can administer over-the-counter pain relief medication (Ibuprofen or Tylenol) according to package direction. If discomfort and/or swelling persist, call the office.
Call our office immediately. We will need to take an x-ray of the area. Baby teeth should not be re-implanted, so the Tooth Fairy may be coming for that tooth a little earlier than expected. However, in the case of a knocked-out adult tooth, handle it by the crown, not the root, and then gently rinse it with water. Place the tooth back in the socket as soon as possible. Have your child stabilize the tooth using gauze or a washcloth on your way to the dentist. If placing the tooth back in the socket is not possible, place it in some milk and get to our practice immediately!
Chipped or Fractured Tooth
Call our office immediately, and we will help determine if the tooth requires urgent treatment. If the teeth are more sensitive than usual, administer over-the-counter pain relief medication according to package direction. Have your child rinse their mouth to keep the tooth clean.
Cut Lip or Cheek
Apply firm pressure with a soft cloth to the cut. If bleeding is not controlled within 15 minutes, contact our office and/or go to the nearest emergency room. Applying ice to injured areas will also help control swelling.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications can provide temporary relief until the sore heals. These sores can sometimes be signs of more serious illnesses, so let us know if sores worsen and/or persist.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
Sometimes a dental emergency happens despite everyone’s best efforts, but oftentimes dental emergencies can be avoided through simple measures that protect your child’s teeth from harm. Here are some things you can do to prevent a dental emergency:
- Make sure your child thoroughly brushes and flosses their teeth daily.
- Bring your child to Castle Rock Smiles for a checkup and cleaning twice every year.
- Have your child wear a custom mouthguard when they play sports, particularly if there is contact involved, no matter their age or ability.
- Help your child stop bad oral habits, such as chewing on ice or pencils or using their teeth to open packaging.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Emergencies
No two smiles are exactly the same, and neither are dental emergencies. Each case has unique needs and therefore will vary in cost from the next one. If your child is experiencing a dental emergency, don’t wait to seek treatment. The problem will likely only get worse with time, potentially endangering your child’s smile and health and resulting in even higher treatment costs down the road.
Pediatric Dental Emergency FAQs – Castle Rock, CO
As a parent, nothing is scarier than seeing your child in pain. But rest assured that Dr. Benzley and our experienced team are here for you and will have them feeling better fast! To help you have all the information you need to handle the unexpected, we’ve answered several emergency FAQs below. But if you have any other questions or simply need a pediatric dental emergency dentist, get in touch anytime. We’re always just a phone call away!
Will Insurance Cover My Child’s Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies vary widely and could be as simple as a filling a cavity or something more involved like treating a knocked-out tooth. Although many dental plans provide at least partial coverage for exams, X-rays, and minor and major dental work, it’s important to remember that each plan is unique.
After Dr. Benzley has created a treatment plan, we’ll explain how your dental insurance plan works and what will be covered. As a pediatric dentist who is in-network with many different PPO plans (and also accepts Medicaid), we’re able to file your claims and also help reduce your out of pocket costs as much as possible.
How Do I Know If My Child Is Having a True Dental Emergency?
It can be hard to know if your child is having a true emergency or not. A good rule of thumb is to call us right away, even if you have doubts. We’re happy to advise you over the phone, schedule a visit if necessary, or simply put your mind at ease.
With that said, here are some signs your child needs emergency dental care as soon as possible:
- They’ve knocked out a tooth.
- They’ve broken a tooth or any dental work
- They have moderate or heavy bleeding
- They aren’t able to comfortably eat or sleep because they’re in pain
- Their lip or cheek is swollen, or they have a toothache and fever. These are signs of a dental infection that needs to be addressed quickly.
What Should I Do If My Child Has a Toothache?
First, look in your child’s mouth (a flashlight can help) to see if the pain is caused by something stuck between their teeth. If you see anything, gently floss the area and have them swish and spit with lukewarm water to rinse away any debris.
If you don’t see anything, call us to schedule a visit. Then (as needed), give them over-the-counter children's pain reliever as directed. You can also gently hold a cold compress to the outside of their lip or cheek in 10-minute intervals to further reduce pain and inflammation.
What Will Your Child’s Emergency Dental Visit Be Like?
In the event of a child dental emergency, Dr. Benzley will stabilize any injuries, relieve pain and discomfort, and determine which treatment is best for their short-term and long-term oral health. Here’s a general idea of what the visit will include:
- Exam – After we’ve discussed your child’s symptoms and/or injury, we’ll visually examine their teeth and gums to get an overall idea of what needs to be done.
- X-rays – As needed, we’ll take X-rays to show us what’s happening around the roots of your child’s teeth, under their dental work, and in their jawbone.
- Diagnosis and treatment – Finally, Dr. Benzley will discuss his findings and recommendations for treatment and answer any questions you may have. Whenever possible, we’ll provide more than one treatment option.