Emergency Pediatric Dentist – Casper, WY
Get Kids Smiling Again Fast!
Let’s all face facts – our kids are accident prone! Unfortunately, their smiles are not exempt from accidents, injuries, and pain. Luckily for kids and parents in the Casper area, our skilled dentists and dental care team are here to help when your kids need urgent dental care. You can count on the Casper Children’s Dental Clinic team to offer fast, efficient emergency dentistry services to get your little one out of pain and back to smiling in no time. The first step is easy. Pick up the phone and give our team and your pediatric emergency dentist in Casper, WY a call. We look forward to helping to repair your child’s damaged smile.
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
When you call our team for help, we’ll happily walk you through pain relief and pain management steps to keep your child safe until you reach our dental office in Casper. Some of the basic first aid steps to remember include:
As kids’ smiles grow and change, they are likely to experience some growing pains. This is perfectly normal. If one particular tooth seems to be bothering your little one, the situation may be more serious. Until you reach our dental office, keep your child comfortable with oral or topical pain relievers. If possible, have your child wait to eat until after their appointment in our dental office. If they do need to eat, take care to ensure they only chew with the part of their smile that is not paining them. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to either take over tooth brushing and flossing or monitor them to ensure they don’t unintentionally injure their already hurting tooth.
If your child has chipped, cracked, or broken a tooth, clean out their mouths with cool water. Then, carefully examine the damaged tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Make sure there are no sharp edges that may further damage your child’s smile. If the soft tissue is injured, have your little one bite down on gauze or clean cloth to absorb blood and apply pressure to slow bleeding. If the tooth is sharp, use a bit of orthodontic wax (available at most pharmacies and grocery stores) to cover the sharp part of the tooth. If possible, have your child wait to eat until after their appointment in our dental office. If they do need to eat, take care to ensure they only chew with the part of their smile that is not paining them. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to either take over tooth brushing and flossing or monitor them to ensure they don’t unintentionally injure their already hurting tooth.
If your child’s knocked out tooth is a part of their primary “baby” set of teeth, you should simply clean out their mouths with cool water and check for damage to surrounding teeth. If there’s no additional damage, have your child bite down on gauze or a clean cloth to absorb blood flow. You should still contact us, so we can help you determine whether or not your child needs to come in for an examination. If a child loses a permanent tooth, do your best to replace the tooth in the socket. If this isn’t possible, store the tooth in a container filled with milk or water until you make it to the dental office. If possible, have your child wait to eat until after their appointment in our dental office. If they do need to eat, take care to ensure they only chew with the part of their smile that is not paining them. Depending on the age of your child, you may want to either take over tooth brushing and flossing or monitor them to ensure they don’t unintentionally injure their already hurting tooth.
Once your child’s filling is in place, it should stay there for a decade or longer, but biting into hard objects, poor oral hygiene, and facial trauma can all lead to the loss of a filling. In most cases, it’s easy enough to repair the damage, and your child may not even notice the filling is lost until his or her next dental appointment. If your little one is in pain, following the directions for toothaches above, and if your child’s tooth is sharp or jagged, see the instructions for chipped and broken teeth above.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Not every dental emergency is avoidable, but some of the basics you should keep in mind to minimize your child’s risk for a dental emergency include:
- Make sure your child carefully brushes and flosses each day.
- Limit your child’s consumption of sugary and acidic foods to reduce plaque production and cavity risk.
- Bring your child to see us at least two times each year for dental exams and teeth cleanings to keep smiles healthy.
- Make sure kids who play sports wear a customized mouthguard to protect their smiles during athletic events and practices.
- Don’t let kids use to teeth to open packages and try to stop them from chewing on fingernails, ice cubes, and other hard objects.
Understanding the Cost of Emergency Dentistry
One last worry may be plaguing you before you call to schedule an emergency dental appointment for your little one – cost. Our goal during an emergency dental treatment visit is always to relieve pain and stress, not pile on. We’ll walk you through treatment and pricing options, maximize available dental benefits, and partner with you to apply for low or no interest financing if necessary. In short, you’re not alone. Our team is here to help you through the entire emergency dentistry process, including payment.
No Two Dental Emergencies are Alike
When your child needs to visit an emergency dentist for care, you’ll find the exam itself to be relatively inexpensive. When you arrive, our team will carefully examine your child’s needs to figure out what needs to be done to address their urgent issue. Keep in mind that there’s no way to know for sure what your costs will be until we understand the cause of the problem they are experiencing. However, most emergencies are treated through:
- Stainless steel crowns
- Tooth extractions
- Space maintainers
- And many other services!
No matter what our team finds, you can expect us to explain our treatment recommendation in great detail. This includes the costs associated with it so you aren’t surprised by your bill.
Care for Your Child’s Smile and Save Money
It’s true that your little one can run into dental emergencies when you least expect it, but that doesn’t mean they can’t lower their risk. When they have a good oral care routine and always visit our office every six months, they can avoid the majority of dental infections and decay, both of which are leading causes of dental emergencies. As a result, you can save thousands of dollars on their dental care over the next few years!
Additionally, getting seen for care as soon as you realize they’re experiencing a dental emergency ensures you’re not letting the problem get any worse. For example, a tooth that may have needed an extraction and space maintainer may now only need a crown when you visit immediately following the emergency, which is a much cheaper treatment to complete.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Dental Emergencies?
In most cases, you should be able to receive some coverage for a dental emergency, particularly for your child. For example, many dental plans will allow for one emergency exam per year. Furthermore, common services used to treat dental emergencies, like restorations and extractions, can receive partial coverage. The coverage percentage generally falls between 50% and 80%, but this can vary depending on the plan and provider. Get in touch with your dental insurance provider first to confirm that you’re not exceeding your annual maximum as well.
Other Options for Making Dental Emergencies Affordable
We understand if you do not have dental insurance at this time, yet still need to cover the costs of emergency dental treatment for your child. Those who are looking for alternative payment options may find CareCredit to be a reasonable solution. This third-party financier allows for monthly payment plans, meaning you don’t have to pay for your child’s care in one lump sum. You can also expect to pay little-to-zero interest on these monthly installments, making it even easier to work into your budget!
No matter what dental emergency your child is experiencing, Casper Children's Dental is prepared to help you navigate your costs. If your child is suffering from dental pain or another dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call us!
Children’s Emergency Dentistry FAQs
In the middle of a dental emergency involving your child, it’s important to have the phone number of your local, trusted pediatric dentist. That way, our team can guide you through first-aid steps and schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible. For further assistance in these hectic situations, we’ve also answered some of the most common questions that we receive from parents below.
Do I need to take my child to the emergency dentist if they knocked out one of their temporary teeth?
Yes! Even though their temporary teeth were going to fall out anyways, if they get knocked-out too soon, it could impact speech and oral development. Their baby teeth act as temporary place-holders for their adult ones, and if they go missing too soon, it could cause their permanent teeth to grow in crooked or cause them to develop a lisp.
What can I do to protect my child’s teeth if they play sports?
If your child plays sports, it’s important that they protect their jaw and smile with a protective, customized mouthguard. Our team at Casper Children’s Dental Clinic can create one that provides maximized protection in their favorite color!
What should I do if my child has a canker sore?
If your child has a canker sore, you can bring them into our practice so we can prescribe them a medication, but that’s typically only necessary if it’s painful, doesn’t go away within two weeks, is very large, or keeps coming back. Otherwise, we recommend taking the following steps to treat them at home:
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Take acetaminophen for pain
- Receive proper oral hygiene and care
- Rinse the mouth with a saline solution
Where should I take my child if their jaw could be broken?
If you believe that your child could have broken their jaw, immediately take them to the nearest emergency room so they can receive the pain-relieving medical care they require. Afterward, you can bring them to our practice so we can further examine their jawbone and prevent any future oral issues from developing because of the injury.
What should I do if my child broke a bracket or wire on their braces?
If your child breaks a bracket or wire while undergoing orthodontic treatment, contact our office immediately. We don’t want to set their treatment back, so we’ll quickly repair the damage and let them know how they can prevent this from occurring again. Just be sure to contact us and let us know what happened as soon as possible so we can schedule an appointment for them.