Who do I contact in case of emergency?
Appointment times are available everyday during normal business hours for both new and existing patients with dental emergencies. Please call us at (817) 447-7474 and we will be happy to see you.
Only established patients who experience an after hours or weekend dental emergency involving trauma, swelling, infection, pus and/or pain should contact the doctor. Only true dental emergencies will be attended after hours. All after hours treatment is subject to an after hours fee.
In the event of an emergency for an established patient, a Pediatric Dentist on call may be reached at any time, 24 hours a day, at the following telephone number: (817) 447-7474.
I am not a patient, but I have a dental emergency after hours. What should I do?
After hours and weekend dental emergency treatments are only for established patients. If your emergency occurs after our office hours and your child is not an existing patient, we advise that you go to an emergency room to be examined. Dental and facial infections can be serious and sometimes life threatening if untreated. When in doubt, go to the ER.
What is considered an after-hours emergency?
If your child experiences severe trauma, pain, pus or swelling, it is considered a true dental emergency. Unless causing one of the previously mentioned symptoms, chipped teeth, fillings that fall out, broken retainers, or crowns that come off may be inconvenient, but do not require emergency after hours treatment.
My child knocked out a tooth. What do I do?
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, gently rinse, but do not scrub the tooth under water. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. If this is impossible, place the tooth in a glass of milk or the patient’s saliva and come to the office immediately. Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth. Contact the office as soon as possible!
If a baby tooth is knocked out, DO NOT attempt to reinsert the tooth into the socket. Attempt to control the bleeding with gauze or a washcloth. Place your child on a soft diet and age appropriate pain medicine (i.e. Tylenol or Motrin). Contact our office for an evaluation.
My child had an accident and cut/bit/bruised their tongue/cheek/lip/gums?
Apply ice to the bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to the hospital emergency room.
My child has a toothache?
Clean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. If the pain still exists, contact your child's dentist. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact your dentist immediately.