Emergency Care

Dental Emergency Care

Fortworth Children's Dentistry team

What if my child has a toothache?

If your child is experiencing pain or discomfort with a tooth, we will get them into the office for an exam and x-ray. We will evaluate what is causing the discomfort and create a treatment plan to correct the situation. If time allows and the child’s pain warrants treatment at that time, it will be completed once the parent has agreed to the treatment plan. Sometimes due to infection, treatment cannot be completed that day. If antibiotic treatment is needed, we will prescribe one to you and will schedule a treatment at a time that is safe and comfortable for your child.

What do I do if my child falls and knocks out a tooth?

The most important thing to do is to stay calm. If the tooth is a primary (or baby) tooth, leave it out and call our office. Primary teeth are not reinserted into the mouth. However, if the tooth is a permanent tooth, try to find the tooth. Remember to hold the tooth by the crown (the exposed part in the mouth) and not the root (the section on the tooth that attaches into the gum). If you are able, slide the tooth back into the gum where it came out. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place it in a cup of milk and call our office as soon as possible. You will need to be seen immediately.

What do I do if we have an emergency on the weekend or at night?

In the event of a true dental emergency, one of the pediatric dentists on call may be reached at any time 24 hours a day by calling (817) 569-6633.

What do I do to prevent a dental injury while my child plays sports?

We recommend your child wears a soft plastic mouth guard while playing sports. Many accidents happen during sporting events and practice. The majority of these cases could have been prevented or the injury lessened by simply wearing protection. Any commercial mouth guard can be purchased and are effective if worn properly.