My Child’s Filling Fell Out: What should I do?

childrens emergency dentistA filling is a wonderful restoration that can prevent the progression of a cavity. Tooth decay is a common health problem for children. In fact, cavities are considered an infectious disease. The bacteria responsible for dental caries are orally transmitted. Since cavities are widespread among children, fillings are a common treatment protocol for protecting teeth and preventing complications like infections associated with decay. If a filling falls out, however, it needs to be treated as soon as possible. We encourage you to call our practice to schedule an appointment with our children’s emergency dentist. The sooner you call, the sooner our team can make room for your child in our schedule for treatment. In most instances, a filling falling out is not a dire emergency but it should be treated quickly as the previously decayed (and weakened) structure of a tooth is exposed to oral bacteria and debris.

What to Do until Your Child’s Appointment

While you wait for your appointment, it is important to determine if your child is experiencing discomfort. Tooth pain sometimes accompanies a loose or dislodged filling because a sensitive, unprotected part of the tooth is exposed to temperate foods and drinks, bacteria, and other irritants. Moreover, decay could have formed near the filling and eventually underneath it. If your child is in pain, you can give them over-the-counter pain medication as directed. You can also apply temporary dental cement (available at most pharmacies) until you visit our practice to protect the tooth before treatment. Be sure that your child continues brushing and flossing. When brushing over the affected site, your child should be very gentle.

Responding to Dental Emergencies

The best thing you can do when it comes to responding to dental emergencies is keep our office’s contact information handy – especially if an accident strikes when you are not at home. We encourage all our patients to keep our business cards in their work desks and vehicles. You should also store our office number in your mobile phone. This way, you can reach us quickly if you have questions or require immediate treatment.

If you have questions or require treatment, call our office to reserve an appointment with our children’s emergency dentist today!

 

IV Sedation or Nitrous Oxide: Which is right for your child?

IV sedation kids dentistWhen it comes to ensuring patient comfort and positive experiences in the dental chair, sedation might be used by our kids dentist. IV sedation and nitrous oxide are two common methods for keeping children comfortable during pediatric dentistry treatments. Since many children are nervous and fidgety in clinical situations, sedation can also help our team work without interruptions so that treatment is not prolonged. Following is helpful information on how these types of sedation work so that you can make informed decisions on your child’s treatment.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is an incredibly mild form of sedation that also has analgesic properties. This gaseous sedative is administered through a nasal mask and its levels can be adjusted with the turn of a dial. The effects of nitrous oxide start to wear off as soon as the gas is no longer administered. Medical and dental professionals have used nitrous oxide for over 100 years and it is safe for use in pediatric dentistry. This form of sedation may be used to place fillings and crowns and when we perform root canal therapy. Sometimes, children with anxiety may benefit from nitrous oxide during routine cleanings and checkups.

IV Sedation

Administered by our kids dentist, IV sedation is a powerful yet safe method for producing an anxiety-free experience that is customized to the needs of a patient. In pediatric dentistry, IV sedation might be used for invasive and lengthy procedures as well as for children who have special needs. Sedating medication is provided through an intravenous line to produce a state of medical unconsciousness. This is useful for preventing children from developing negative associations with medical and dental treatment. It is also beneficial for promoting stillness so that our team can work without obstruction. Since medication is delivered through an IV, it can be quickly adjusted to produce its desired effects.

If you have questions about sedation in pediatric dentistry, call our office to speak with a member of our staff.