4949 Westown Pkwy Suite 150
West Des Moines , IA 50266-6716
(515) 225-0066

Emergency Dental Treatment

Let’s say your child falls, bumps his mouth and is bleeding.  This will get any parent’s adrenaline pumping as your child is in distress.  If your child does not lose consciousness, has no headache, nausea or vomiting, and the injuries are limited to the mouth, call our office.  In other words, IF YOU HAVE A DENTAL PROBLEM, CALL YOUR DENTIST.  The emergency room does not have a dentist on staff and can’t help if your child gets a tooth knocked out or other similar injuries.

After 5:00 pm, you can get in touch with our doctor on call by calling our office and following the menu to press the appropriate number to be connected.  We care for your children not just during business hours and are available 24 hours a day if you are concerned.  As specialists in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Matt and Dr. Diana have been trained extensively on traumatic dental injuries and have comprehensive experience with emergencies. 

This is an example of a dental emergency. This child fell and hit her mouth and her tooth was pushed out of the socket. Dr. Diana was able to see her in our office after hours to help get her out of pain and on the road to recovery.

What is the difference between an “urgency” and an “emergency?” An urgency is a dental condition that is concerning, but does not require immediate treatment.  An example of an urgency is a loose tooth, a new tooth coming in behind other teeth (see shark teeth), or a lost filling.  Thankfully, a true dental emergency is very rare.  An example of a dental emergency that requires immediate treatment is a knocked out tooth, a traumatic injury that cause movement or displacement of teeth, or any facial swelling which indicates presence of an infection. 

Time is critical after a dental trauma has occurred. The faster you act, the better the chances of saving your child’s teeth.  If a permanent tooth has been knocked out, pick it up by the crown (not the pointy root) and gently rinse if dirty, but do not scrub the tooth under cool water.  Replace the tooth in the socket. If this is impossible, place the tooth in a clean container of milk and come to our West Des Moines dental office immediately.  Prevention of injury is key.  Our doctors recommend wearing a mouthguard for any child in contact sports as well as during high risk activities such as riding a bike, rollerblades or skateboard.

If a child’s tooth is fractured, bring along any pieces that you can find.

If your child experiences a dental emergency, call us at 515-225-0066 so that we may guide you regarding appropriate treatment.