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Emergency Dentist for Kids in San Antonio

If your child needs to see an emergency dentist in San Antonio, please call our office at 210-762-6778. Once you have described the situation to our team, we will be able to help you decide what to do next, and if we determine that you should bring your child in right away, we will begin clearing our schedule and preparing a treatment room. We never want any of our patients to experience a dental emergency, but if your child should ever need same-day emergency care, our team is here to help!

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What is considered a dental emergency?

It’s not always easy to tell if a situation is an emergency, especially if your child is too young or too upset to explain what the problem is. If you believe your child needs emergency treatment, or even if you think they do but you’re not sure, please give our office a call as soon as you can so we can advise. The following dental issues are almost always dental emergencies:

  • Cracked or Broken Tooth
  • Dislodged Baby or Adult Tooth
  • Severe Toothache
  • Dental Swelling or Bleeding
  • Lost Dental Restoration
  • Foreign Object Stuck Between Teeth
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Why is a knocked-out baby tooth considered an emergency?

Children are supposed to lose all of their baby teeth at some point, but only when they are pushed out of the way by the adult tooth that is growing in. If your child has a tooth or multiple teeth that are knocked out too early, you will want to bring them in for an emergency appointment, especially if they are in pain or bleeding a lot. If a baby tooth is lost and the adult tooth isn’t ready to come in yet, other nearby teeth can start filling in the empty space and prevent the adult tooth from growing in properly. This can cause unnecessary orthodontic issues in the future. Your child’s dentist will likely use a space maintainer to ensure that the correct tooth has room to grow in and the other teeth won’t invade its space.

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What can I do to be prepared for a dental emergency?

No matter how much we try to protect our children, they always seem to find a way to get themselves into trouble. Because of this, we recommend having a few items on hand at all times in case a dental emergency should arise in your household. Gauze is helpful to keep in the medicine cabinet to help stop the gums from bleeding if a tooth is cracked or dislodged. We also recommend having regular table salt to make warm saltwater solutions, which can be used to gently clean out the mouth and relieve toothaches. Finally, we always recommend keeping our office phone number in an easily accessible place, should you need to contact our office for emergency assistance.

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