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Children’s Dental Emergencies

Children’s Dental Emergencies

In the event of a dental emergency, Chicago kiDDS is prepared to see your child on short notice. Please contact us right away for an appointment.

Ouch! From time to time—accidents happen. As parents, we try our best to prevent the preventable, but not everything can be accounted for. Though you can’t stop all accidents from happening, you can prepare by learning how to assess your child’s injury on the spot.

Assessing a Dental Emergency

Whether the situation can be treated at home or requires a visit to the dentist or emergency room is a critical distinction to make. Seek professional attention if your child is in severe pain or is at risk of losing a permanent tooth. If you aren’t sure if the situation at hand quite meets this standard, feel free to contact our kids’ dentist near Lockport for help. Many worried parents have called us seeking advice, which we are happy to give!

Responding to Common Dental Emergencies

  • Cut or Bitten Lip, Tongue, or Cheek

Apply ice to any bruised areas. If your child is bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure using a clean cloth or gauze. Check the clock; if the bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, bring your child to the emergency room.

  • Broken Braces or Wires

It’s not uncommon for brackets or wires to occasionally come loose; if there is no pain or discomfort, a same-day visit may not be necessary. If the broken appliance can be easily removed, remove it and bring it along to the dentist. For appliances that are painful to remove or have become lodged, use wax, cotton balls, gauze, or chewing gum to cover protruding edges and plan to see a kids’ dentist near Lockport as soon as possible.

  • Broken Tooth

For any break, crack, or serious chip, you will need to call for an emergency dental appointment. Before your appointment, rinse the area with warm water and apply a clean cold compress to the face in the affected area. Collect any broken tooth fragments.

  • Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Pick the tooth up from the ground by its crown (the top) and never the root end. Rinse the tooth, being careful to handle the tooth as little as possible. Do not scrub the tooth. Try to reinsert the tooth, facing the correct way, into its socket. Using a clean piece of cloth or gauze, hold it in place until you can visit a dentist. If it cannot be reinserted, you can bring it to your dentist in a small container of milk. The sooner you are able to get your child to the dentist, the more likely it is that their tooth will be saved!

  • Extended Bleeding After Losing a Baby Tooth

Using a folded piece of gauze or a clean cloth, apply pressure to the area that is bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, call a kids’ dentist near Lockport for emergency attention.

  • Possible Broken Jaw

This injury necessitates a visit to the emergency room. To prepare for travel, you can tie your child’s mouth closed with a handkerchief, towel, or necktie.

Kids’ Dentist Near Lockport

Dental emergencies aren’t fun for anyone. The Chicago kiDDS team is committed to making visits with our patients as positive as possible for years of bright smiles. If you’re in the middle of an emergency situation right now, don’t fret! Contact our office immediately to arrange a same-day appointment with our office.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

What Our Patients Say
Dr. Neal is the best! From the first time I took my son to see him I've never had any complaints. The staff is so friendly and the office is so warm and welcoming. Highly recommend Chicago KiDDS Pediatric Dentistry

Elva Ortiz-Espinoza

This place is awesome! We have been going here for 3 years now and they are amazing with my daughter. She loves going to the dentist!

Jessica Noble

We were recently in the Chicago area visiting family when my 5 yr old son chipped a tooth while playing with his cousins. My sister-in-law called Chicago Kidds (her kid's dentist) to see if they could see my son on short notice. Not only did they squeeze him in on what appeared to be a very busy day, the staff was very friendly and they did a great job fixing the tooth. Thanks Chicago Kidds, you guys are awesome!

Dan H.

Best children’s dentist in the southern suburbs! They are patient and kind with the kids, explaining their procedures every step of the way. Office staff are super friendly. Sanitization and distance procedures are currently in place. My kids actually like going to the dentist.

Margarita W

What an awesome experience! They were highly recommended by numerous friends and they definitely lived up to it. The staff was so great with my kids. I am so happy that we found them. Everyone was extremely friendly and professional. The doctor was great too! We'll be back!

Heather W

Fantastic experience from the minute we walked in! They made my kids feel at ease and everyone was extremely friendly. The staff walked my kids through everything. Very child friendly atmosphere. I cant say enough great things about this dentist!!!

Karen K

Dr. Neal is the best! From the first time I took my son to see him I've never had any complaints. The staff is so friendly and the office is so warm and welcoming. Highly recommend Chicago KiDDS Pediatric Dentistry

Elva Ortiz-Espinoza

This place is awesome! We have been going here for 3 years now and they are amazing with my daughter. She loves going to the dentist!

Jessica Noble

We were recently in the Chicago area visiting family when my 5 yr old son chipped a tooth while playing with his cousins. My sister-in-law called Chicago Kidds (her kid's dentist) to see if they could see my son on short notice. Not only did they squeeze him in on what appeared to be a very busy day, the staff was very friendly and they did a great job fixing the tooth. Thanks Chicago Kidds, you guys are awesome!

Dan H.

Best children’s dentist in the southern suburbs! They are patient and kind with the kids, explaining their procedures every step of the way. Office staff are super friendly. Sanitization and distance procedures are currently in place. My kids actually like going to the dentist.

Margarita W

What an awesome experience! They were highly recommended by numerous friends and they definitely lived up to it. The staff was so great with my kids. I am so happy that we found them. Everyone was extremely friendly and professional. The doctor was great too! We'll be back!

Heather W

Fantastic experience from the minute we walked in! They made my kids feel at ease and everyone was extremely friendly. The staff walked my kids through everything. Very child friendly atmosphere. I cant say enough great things about this dentist!!!

Karen K